The Pelamis P2 wave energy device (Courtesy of Pelamis Wave Power/Archive)

Orkney seeks contractor for removal and disposal of Pelamis wave energy device

Orkney Islands Council has launched a tender for a contractor who would take ownership and dispose of the wave energy device known as Pelamis P2.

The Pelamis P2 wave energy device (Courtesy of Pelamis Wave Power/Archive)

The Pelamis device is a wave energy converter which was used to capture wave energy from the sea in the waters offshore Orkney.

It was developed by the failed company Pelamis Wave Power, which filed for administration back in 2014.

Later, its assets were sold, including the P2 device which was bought by Orkney Islands Council from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) back in 2017 for the nominal sum of £1.

Since, it has been laid up at moorings off Lyness Wharf, Hoy, in Orkney.

Orkney Islands Council is now seeking a contractor to take ownership and remove the device as part of a tender valued at £150,000, which remains open for submission of proposals until August 18, 2023.

Upon an agreed date, which will be within seven days of signing acceptance to the agreement, the contractor will take ownership of Pelamis, and the responsibility for the upkeep, maintenance and security of the device will become the contractor’s responsibility, according to Orkney Islands Council.

The contractor will be required to have relevant and appropriate insurances in place at the time of change of ownership.

Also, the contractor will have the option to remove the Pelamis by sea to dismantle or dispose of the device at a regulated and certified recycling facility or to dismantle it at Lyness Wharf and remove the components by road or by suitable marine transport and dispose of them at a regulated and certified recycling facility.

Should the contractor wish to re-use the Pelamis for some other purpose, this should be explained in full detail including the method of preservation, security and protection of the environment, Orkney Islands Council noted.

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