Subsea cables installed for 398-MW MeyGen tidal array project

The principal contractor hired by Atlantis Resources Ltd., James Fisher Marine Services Ltd., successfully laid four subsea cables on Sept. 21 at Atlantis Resources’ planned 398-MW MeyGen tidal array project located in the Inner Sound development zone of Scotland’s Pentland Firth.

The four cables are housed in individual bore holes about 0.5 km each, drilled earlier this year, which run from the foreshore into the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth and down to the seabed,” according to Atlantis Resources.

“From the exit of the borehole, the cables then run along the seabed to the offshore project site, where four 1.5 MW tidal turbines will be deployed next year. The cables will connect the tidal turbines to the onshore substation, from where the power will be fed into the wider grid.”

Tim Cornelius, Atlantis Group chief executive officer, said, “This is an excellent result for the project. By its very nature the offshore site is a challenging tidal environment, and to complete the installation campaign safely and in line with the program is a commendable achievement by our onshore and offshore teams, aided by great performance from the vessel. After all the planning it is very rewarding to see the offshore infrastructure taking shape for this trail-blazing project.”

The developers recently received a lease agreement from the Crown Estate and began upgrading transmission lines to provide a grid connection point.
 

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for HydroWorld.com.

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