SIMEC Atlantis redeploys another MeyGen tidal energy turbine

SIMEC Atlantis Energy has reinstalled another tidal energy turbine for its flagship MeyGen project, marking a critical step in bringing the 6MW tidal array offshore Scotland to full power.

Illustration/Andritz tidal turbine for MeyGen project (Courtesy of SIMEC Atlantis)
Illustration/Andritz tidal turbine for MeyGen project (Courtesy of SIMEC Atlantis)

With the latest turbine now back in the water, and the AR1500 turbine continuing to exceed expectations following its redeployment back in March, SIMEC Atlantis said it is confident that the MeyGen site will continue to break records for tidal generation.

To remind, the MeyGen project alone has already produced around 75% of the global tidal stream generation to date.

With three turbines now fully operational, SIMEC Atlantis remains on schedule to redeploy the final turbine in March 2023, the company said.

The turbine is being retrofitted with a wet-mate connection system, which, according to SIMEC Atlantis, more than halves the cost of future operation and maintenance deployments.

SIMEC Atlantis is now focusing its efforts on the delivery of the next phase of the MeyGen project, that will see 28MW of additional tidal power capacity installed on the site.

“This project is a world leader and will unlock the technology for large-scale, commercial deployment around the world. The site can deliver a 400MW green and predictable power station,” SIMEC Atlantis said.

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