Atlantis completes installation of foundations for 498MW Pentland Firth tidal energy power station

CGI of turbine support structures for Pentland Firth sea-bed tidal power station
CGI of turbine support structures for Pentland Firth sea-bed tidal power station

Tidal power developer Atlantis Resources has completed a major milestone in the development of its ‘base-load scale’ underwater power station in the Pentland Firth.

All four tidal turbine support structures have now been successfully installed at its MeyGen project off Caithness using the Neptune jack up vessel owned by Geosea.

An Atlantis spokesman said: “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 MeyGen 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.”

When completed, the 398MW MeyGen tidal power ‘station’ is expected to generate clean electricity enough to power 175,000 Scots households.

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