Orbital Marine seeking geotechnical engineering support for anchor design

Scottish tidal energy company Orbital Marine Power has issued a tender seeking geotechnical engineering support for anchor design for a range of possible future commercial sites.

Illustration. Courtesy of Orbital Marine Power

Specifically, engineering support is required in the field of drilled rock anchors as the company is looking to do a detailed assessment of pile sizing and what solutions are available on the market for a range of possible future commercial sites with various seabed conditions.

As a result of the tender, Orbital Marine will award a contract with a duration of 12 months. The contract is subject to renewal which includes a possible extension of 50% more hours at the same hourly rate.

According to the company, procurement is related to a project financed by European Union funds.

The tender is open for applications until 11 July 2022.

Just recently, the Scottish company launched a £4 million (€4.7 million) crowdfunding campaign on Abundance Investment platform to take its business to the next stage.

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The follow-up offer on Abundance is part of a substantial overall investment package, enabling the next phase of Orbital Marine’s business – the long-term commercial operation of the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine off the coast of Orkney.

The turbine has now been fully commissioned, and since July 2021 has been exporting predictable, low carbon electricity to the UK grid.

It will be capable of generating enough renewable electricity to meet the needs of around 2,000 UK homes every year, for 15 years, saving over 30,000 tonnes of carbon.

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