Floating tidal stream turbine developer Orbital Marine Power has been awarded the main manufacturing contract for the company’s first commercial O2 tidal turbine to Scottish-based TEXO Group, it was announced on 13 August.
The O2, which is capable of generating over 2MW from tidal stream resources, will be manufactured at quayside facilities in Dundee. It will become the world’s most powerful tidal turbine when it enters operation in 2020.
The project has been financed through EU Horizon 2020 funding and a £7mn crowdfunding bond that Orbital Marine Power successfully raised at the start of 2019. The project is also benefitting from the Renewable Obligation.
Andrew Scott, Orbital’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is a flagship engineering project for the emerging tidal sector and we are delighted to be working with TEXO Group to showcase the very capable supply chain we are fortunate to have around us in Scotland and the wider UK.”