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Firm’s buoy anchor may be missing off Ore. coast

February 16, 2013

REEDSPORT, Ore. (AP) — A wave energy company is trying to locate its multimillion-dollar buoy anchor.

The World newspaper of Coos Bay (http://is.gd/ahsOsm ) reports that Ocean Power Technologies installed an anchor for a PB150 PowerBuoy wave energy system about 2.5 miles offshore last fall.

Two more anchors were scheduled for installation this spring, but the company says it’s unsure of the location of the first anchor’s subsurface float.

The company says the disappearance could indicate a shift in the anchor’s position. Another possibility is the tendon line connecting the float to the anchor has become fouled, pulling the float downward.

The buoy system is intended to be the first of 10 the company installs off Reedsport. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last year issued the company a 35-year license for a wave energy park.

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Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com

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