Tidal energy giant Atlantis signs development deal with Scots-based cable supplier

IT'S A DEAL: Tim Cornelius (right) and David Currie sign the power cable technology development contract in Edinburgh
IT’S A DEAL: Tim Cornelius (right) and David Currie sign the power cable technology development contract in Edinburgh between Atlantis Resources and JDR Cable Systems

Atlantis Resources – the tidal energy giant which is building one of the world’s largest subsea turbine parks in the Pentland Firth – has signed a five-year collaboration agreement with JDR Cable Systems.

JDR is a technology development company, located globally with five UK sites and registered offices in Edinburgh, Scotland, which designs and supplies subsea cable solutions.

JDR supplied the subsea cables for the MeyGen Phase 1A project off Caithness – which remains on track to execute its final offshore installation and commissioning program in 2016.

Atlantis and JDR will look to develop solutions for storage, installation, monitoring, connection, termination and testing of offshore subsea cables as well as advancing the engineering design of the cables.  In addition, the companies will agree targets for health, safety, and environmental and quality performance.

Atlantis and JDR will also explore the feasibility of setting up a new subsea cable R&D facility in Scotland, to service and advance the Atlantis portfolio of tidal power projects in Scotland.

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive, Atlantis Resources, said:  “This collaboration underlines Scotland’s role at the forefront of developing tidal power projects,  with the emergence of a regional centre of excellence around the Atlantis portfolio of projects and its intended operations and maintenance facility – currently being established at Nigg Energy Park in Invergordon, Scotland.

“Building on a strong partnership forged with JDR during the construction phase of Phase 1A of the Pentland tidal array, this agreement will have a positive impact on all of our future project developments, the first of these being the 6MW Phase 1B of MeyGen which we are aspirant of commencing construction in 2016.

 “By working with JDR we hope to benefit from optimum cable design, ensuring that the cable supply chain is established and achieving a reduction in costs for the entire tidal industry.”

David Currie, Chief Executive, JDR Cable Systems, added: “I am excited to support the collaboration of the JDR and Atlantis teams in our endeavours to focus on cost reduction and reliability of cable development for this important sector of offshore energy.”

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