James Fisher Marine Services has secured the contract to complete the offshore installation activities associated with the development of Phase 1A of MeyGen’s 398MW tidal array project in the Pentland Firth.
Once fully completed, the MeyGen project will have the potential to provide clean, sustainable and predictable power for 175,000 homes in Scotland, from up to 269 tidal turbine secured on the seabed.
The initial stage of the wider MeyGen project is being financed by the successful funding syndicate led by the Atlantis Resources-owned company, which raised some £50 million for the project.
Under this contact Fisher Marine will deploy its marine operations experience in the installation of four x 1.5 megawtt turbines, support structure, submarine cables and other offshore infrastructure onshore and offshore at Caithness.
Construction is now underway with the first electricity to be delivered to the grid in 2016.
A Fisher Marine spokesman said: “The successful installation of the tidal array with MeyGen will be the first of its kind in the world, positioning JFMS at the forefront of commercial-scale subsea turbine installatiions.”