MeyGen on course for tidal landmark
Leading offshore construction companies will bring their expertise to the task of installing four tidal turbines in the Pentland Firth.
Phase 1a of the flagship MeyGen project is due to begin supplying power to the National Grid later this year.
Atlantis Resources, the company leading the project, aims to deploy four 1.5 megawatt (MW) turbines offshore.
Three are being supplied by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest and the other from Atlantis.
Learning gained during testing at the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre played an important role in the development of both technologies.
Andritz Hydro Hammerfest successfully deployed a 1 MW pre-commercial tidal turbine at EMEC’s tidal test site in December 2011. The device delivered its first energy to the grid in February 2012.
Atlantis installed its AR1000 tidal turbine at the tidal test site earlier in 2011. Following prototype testing at EMEC, the company is developing its next generation turbine – the AR1500 – for deployment as part of the MeyGen project
MeyGen’s next stage will involve the installation of heavy turbine foundation structures.
GeoSea, a company that specialises in complex offshore marine engineering projects, will carry out this work using the jack-up vessel MV Neptune.
It will be working alongside James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), which has extensive experience of dynamic positioning vessel operations in high tidal flow conditions.
As well as installing some of the turbines for Phase 1A, JFMS has already completed deployment of the subsea export cables which will deliver power from the turbines to the onshore grid connection point in Caithness.
Tim Cornelius, chief executive officer of Atlantis, said: "Both GeoSea and JFMS are best in class with specific skill sets that, when combined, will ensure that Phase 1A is installed successfully and safely.
“The world’s most high profile tidal power project deserves the deployment of the world’s best offshore construction contractors.
“We are on track to deliver first power to the grid from MeyGen Phase 1A later this year, which will be a landmark event for the global marine power industry.”