World’s biggest tidal-power plant formally starts generating electricity in Scotland after Atlantis completes MeyGen turbine array

The MeyGen tidal power project in the Pentland Firth off Caithness has now completed the construction phase and has formally entered the 25-year operations phase.  

At 6MW rated capacity, MeyGen is the world’s largest tidal stream array. It is being developed by Atlantis Resources, a global leader in the marine power generation sector.

This achievement follows on from an extended period of array operation since the turbines were re-installed in 2017. The array has generated approximately 6GWh of energy to date and in March set a new world record for monthly production from a tidal stream array, generating 1,400MWh.  

The completion of the construction of Phase 1A combined with the ongoing production and reliability levels achieved help to progress the viability of tidal stream energy as a clean and predictable energy source.

Atlantis has an international portfolio of opportunities for further tidal array projects. The MeyGen project alone has 392MW of further development capacity, with consents and grid connection agreements in place to pave the way to exploit more of this potential.   

The Scottish government has invested £23 million in the Meygen tidal-turbine project and a Scot-Govt spokesman commented:

“Scotland has done more than any other nation to support the development of ocean energy technologies and has hosted exciting world firsts for the tidal energy industry.

“We are delighted that we are now seeing the benefits of our early investment and that Atlantis is able to move phase 1A of MeyGen into its operational phase, as we look to support Atlantis to secure construction of the remaining phases of what will ultimately be a commercial scale project.”

Tim Cornelius
Tim Cornelius

Tim Cornelius, Atlantis chief executive and MeyGen chairman, said: “We are incredibly proud of this achievement and this provides a solid platform for building out the full capacity at MeyGen and many other similar sites worldwide.

“Seeing MeyGen move into the operations phase is another major milestone on the path to commercialising tidal stream energy.

“This achievement is a triumph of public policy and a demonstration of what can be achieved when government and the private sector roll their sleeves up and decide to create a whole new industry together.”

“We would like to thank all our funders, contractors and shareholders for their unwavering support and belief in the project over the years, and, in particular, the invaluable contributions made by the two turbine suppliers, the highly skilled local supply chain in Scotland and the MeyGen project team.”

13 Apr 2018

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