Photo: Mocean Energy’s Blue X device in Orkney (Courtesy of EMEC/Photo by Colin Keldie)

Blue X installation about to begin

Leask Marine is about to begin the installation of the mooring system and Blue X device at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) nursery site in Scapa Flow.

The company will be installing the wave energy converter between 8 June and 30 June 2021.

After the initial trials set to take place at Scapa Flow test site, the Blue X prototype will be deployed at the centre’s large scale Billia Croo test site in summer 2021.

Next year, Mocean Energy plans to connect the device to a subsea battery which will be used to power a remotely operated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

In April, Mocean Energy revealed the Blue X wave power prototype, a 20-metre long, 38-tonne machine manufactured in Scotland.

At the end of April, the company concluded wet commissioning and two weeks later, Blue X arrived at Hatston Pier, Kirkwall in Orkney.

EMEC recently opened up a consultation on the decommissioning programme for stakeholders and the public to submit their responses and possible concerns.

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