Photograph courtesy of Atlantis Resources
Atlantis Resources is making good progress on the construction of technology and infrastructure required for the installation of the Phase 1A of the MeyGen tidal energy project.
Following the news that the MeyGen project has been connected to the Ness of Quoys distribution network, which is now, according to Atlantis, the largest energized grid connection of any commercial tidal stream array, the Edinburgh-based tidal energy developer informed on its social media that the first Andritz Hydro tidal turbine left the Ravensburg workshop in Germany and is now en route to Nigg Energy Park in Scotland.
To remind, Atlantis chose Global Energy Group (GEG) as preferred supplier for the provision of certain fabrication, manufacture, assembly and logistical support services last year, and is using its Nigg Energy Park facility for turbine assembly and testing in support of the MeyGen project.
The company is also making good progress on foundation and turbine construction of its AR1500 tidal turbine, currently being tested at National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, UK, before deployment as part of the Phase 1A of the MeyGen project.
The first tidal turbines will be installed over the coming months and, according to Atlantis, the project remains on track to deliver first power in the second half of 2016.
Phase 1A of the project will see the installation of four 1.5 MW tidal turbines – three made by Andritz Hydro, and one designed by Lockheed Martin.
The total capacity of MeyGen turbines to be installed this year off Caithness amounts to 6 MW, which will subsequently be expanded to 269 submerged tidal turbines, with 398 MW capacity when fully constructed – enough to power 175,000 Scottish homes.