Atlantis forecasts full 6MW performance this month from Caithness offshore tidal power turbine array

An AHH 1.5MW tidal turbine in the MeyGen workshop
An AHH 1.5MW tidal turbine in the MeyGen workshop

Atlantis Resources, the global tidal energy giant, has successfully re-installed a third sea-bed turbine at its MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth

The third Andritz Hydro Hammerfest turbine was reinstalled during the August neap tide by the Atlantis offshore operations team.

As a result, all three turbines, which were recovered earlier this year following an initial period of operations to enable AHH to implement system enhancements, now have been successfully re-connected to the grid.

Production since the 10 July 2017 operational update has been strong, with total production since launch approaching 2 GWh.

And the MeyGen array set a new world record for monthly production from a tidal stream power station of over 700 MWh in August 2017.

The Atlantis turbine experienced some minor delays in receiving upgrade components and is now expected to be reinstalled during the next neap tide which is in late September.  This turbine will then enter into its final contractual performance and autonomous reliability tests after which it will be signed off for commencement of long term operation.  

Atlantis expects that MeyGen Phase 1A will be operating at full 6 MW capacity from the end of this month.

David Taaffe, Director of Project Delivery at MeyGen, said: “Production performance from the installed turbines on the MeyGen project has been very good and August proved to be a world record month, providing enough energy to power 2,000 Scottish homes from just two turbines. 

“With yet another successful installation campaign expertly completed this week by the Atlantis operations team, we expect to continue to break records throughout the rest of the year generating both predictable power and revenue.”

1 Sept 2017

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