Overview of MeyGen operational activities in 2015


Atlantis Resources has provided an operational update on progress with its MeyGen tidal energy project.

MeyGen project continues to progress well and remains on target to deliver power to the grid in 2016, Atlantis’ press release reads.

Key project achievements in both onshore and offshore construction campaign in 2015 include:

  • Completion of the horizontal directional drilling program for all four power export cables for Phase 1A of the project,
  • Installation ‎of all four power export cables offshore on the project site, in preparation for connection of the first four turbine systems next year to the national grid via the onshore power distribution centre,
  • ABB has commenced construction of the onshore power distribution centre on site which will be connected to the national grid for power export early in Q1 2016,
  • 15 kilometres of 33 kV onshore cable has been installed by SHEPD from Hastigrow to Ness of Quoys, ready for grid connection next year,
  • Fabrication of all four of the Phase 1A foundations is now underway at Nigg Energy Park in Scotland,
  • Fabrication of all the foundation ballast blocks by JGC in Scotland for Phase 1A is nearly complete in preparation for deployment next year,
  • Fabrication and assembly of the Andritz Hammerfest Hydro 1.5 MW turbines are well underway in Germany,
  • Fabrication and assembly of the Atlantis 1.5 MW turbine is in progress in Scotland.

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis, said: “2015 has been another transformational year for Atlantis with the acquisition and successful integration of Marine Current Turbines and significant developments at the Company’s flagship MeyGen project. With strong political and regulatory support for tidal stream power in the United Kingdom, and with the excellent progress being made on the MeyGen project, 2016 promises to be a watershed year for Atlantis.”

Images by Atlantis Resources

In Phase 1A of the project, four submerged turbines generating 6 MW will be installed in the Pentland Firth, off Caithness, with the first power expected to be delivered in 2016. The MeyGen tidal array will consist of 269 submerged tidal turbines, with 398 MW capacity, enough to power 175.000 Scottish homes.

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