MeyGen tidal turbines ready to ROC ‘n roll after successful re-installation off Caithness

An Atlantis MeyGen AR1500 tidal turbine
An Atlantis MeyGen AR1500 tidal turbine

Total production has now surpassed 2.6GWh – with more than 800-MWh of predictable energy dispatched to grid during the month of September – from the MeyGen tidal turbine sea-bed power station in the Pentland Firth.

Meanwhile, the Atlantis-supplied 1.5MW AR1500 turbine has been successfully re-installed over the weekend and has commenced its commissioning procedures.

With the reinstallation of the fourth and final turbine, MeyGen Phase 1A will now be capable of operating at its full 6 MW capacity generating full ROC and power revenues.

The offshore works were successfully, safely and efficiently executed by the Atlantis offshore operations team using the Olympic Challenger.

With this latest achievement, all four Phase 1A turbines now have been successfully reconnected to the grid. Following final completion testing, MeyGen Phase 1A is expected to formally complete its construction phase and enter into its 25-year operational phase within the coming weeks.

Frank Armijo, Vice-President of Lockheed Martin Energy, said: “We are proud of the AR1500’s performance so far, and encouraged by its potential to accelerate the growth of tidal energy.

“The MeyGen project is on track to provide clean, sustainable, predictable power for at least 175,000 homes in Scotland, support local jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and deliver significant, long-term supply chain benefits for the UK economy.”

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive, Atlantis Resources, added: “The success of MeyGen – which is the world’s largest tidal stream project – firmly positions the UK as the leader of an industry which could provide sufficient affordable, secure, predictable and clean power to meet 20% of the UK’s future electricity need. 

“We have asked the Government to enter into a bilateral negotiation for 80 MW of capacity to allow us to proceed with the construction of Phase 1C of the MeyGen project without further delay. Tidal stream power costs are reducing all the time with a strong trajectory towards achieving parity with established renewables such as offshore wind.

 “The industrial opportunities of tidal power for the UK are substantial, but without renewed Government support for tidal stream power, the UK is likely to lose jobs and investment overseas.”

19 Oct 2017


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