Caithness tidal power electricity turbines go offline for repairs 12 weeks after subsea commissioning

One of the Atlantis turbines being lowered into sea-bed position in the Meygen array.
One of the Atlantis turbines being lowered into sea-bed position in the Meygen array.

Two of the tidal-powered electricity generating turbines from the MeyGen array in the Pentland Firth have been taken offline for repairs.

Onboard monitoring systems diagnosed a generator fault, as a result of which the operators will retrieve two of the Andritz Hammerfest Hydro turbines this month for inspection and maintenance by the turbine supplier.

If the fault diagnosis is confirmed, the repairs are expected to take about two months under manufacturer’s warranty.

SIMEC Atlantis Energy is the developer of the 398-MW MeyGen tidal stream project at offshore Caithness.

Phase 1A of the MeyGen project – described as the world’s largest tidal stream array – completed its commissioning in March this year.

12 Jul 2018

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