Tidal power giant Atlantis appoints new director of power generation to its Edinburgh head office

Stephen Ward
Stephen Ward

Atlantis Resources, a global leader in the tidal power sector, has appointed a new director of power generation following the relocation of the company’s corporate headquarters to Scotland.

Stephen Ward joins the company’s executive management group and will report to Atlantis Chief Executive Tim Cornelius.

Atlantis  – through its MeyGen subsidiary – is presently building the world’s largest tidal energy power array – in the Pentland Firth off Caithness, Scotland.

Ward was Head of Project Management UK at AREVA Wind prior to moving into offshore operations at Adwen Offshore (AREVA Wind’s JV with Gamesa Offshore), where he has been responsible for the project management, installation and logistics elements of various European tender submissions. 

Prior to AREVA Wind, he was a senior project manager at Scottish Power Renewables from 2006 to 2012.  Ward has also gained project management, design and construction experience, having worked at various international companies including Encia Consulting (formerly AIG Consulting), Hanson Waste Management and Cleanaway Limited.

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive, Atlantis Resources2Tim Cornelius, Atlantis CEO, (left) commented: “I am delighted to welcome Stephen to the Atlantis team.  His operational experience, insight and knowledge of the renewable energy and power generation sectors gained over many years will be a huge asset at a truly exciting juncture in Atlantis’ development. 

“As a key member of the Executive Management Group, based in Edinburgh, he will be crucial in helping to drive the construction stage of the MeyGen project and increase the company’s wider project development portfolio.”

Meanwhile, Ireland-based renewable power development company DP Energy has secured tidal stream demonstration power production rights of 4.5MW on a seabed site known as Berth E in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.

DP Energy recently took a 50% position in nearby Berth C in partnership with Atlantis Operations Canada for the development of 4.5MW utilising Lockheed/ Atlantis technology and further building its position in Canada. 

Cork-based DP Energy became one of Europe’s largest independent developer of tidal stream following its acquisition of the Westray South project from SSE Renewables in April 2014.

Minister of Energy Michel Samson formally announced his Department’s intention to award a berth to DP Energy at the UN Climate Change conference in Paris.

He said: “DP Energy’s investment is further proof of Nova Scotia’s standing as an international leader in the tidal energy industry.”

DP Energy plans to install three 1.5-megawatt turbines at its new site and Simon De Pietro, Chief Executive, said the award places the company he and his mother Maureen established originally as an early stage wind development company’ firmly at the top of the marine energy development sector.’

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