Turbine foundations in place for MeyGen project
Marine power group Atlantis Resources has announced that seabed foundations for an array of tidal turbines have been successfully installed in the Pentland Firth.
The four turbine support structures were put in place at the MeyGen site using the Neptune jack-up vessel owned by Geosea.
The company said: “The project remains on track to have all turbines installed and connected to the grid in time for first power delivery from the world's largest tidal power project by the end of the year.
“This offshore operation was a resounding success and, importantly, has validated the use of jack-up vessels for the purpose of installing tidal turbine foundations offshore in high flow locations.
“The use of a jack-up rig for the installations is significant for the future of the industry, offering a flexible and fast installation solution.”
The heavy foundation structures will support four 1.5 megawatt (MW) turbines. Three are being supplied by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest and the other from Atlantis.
Test programmes at the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre played an important role in the development the turbines.
Once deployed off the Caithness coast, they will form the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm.