Atlantis Resources’ MeyGen tidal energy site on track for grid connection in 2016

Tidal energy developer Atlantis Resources remains on track to deliver power to the Scottish power grid from the MeyGen site in the coming year, according to an end-of-year statement issued by the company earlier this week.

Located in Scotland’s Pentland Firth, the marine power project could ultimately have a cumulative capacity of nearly 400 MW.

Atlantis Resources said it has “completed a very successful construction campaign in 2015, both onshore and offshore,” with key achievements including:

  • Completion of a horizontal directional drilling platform for all four power export cables of the project’s Phase 1A; 
  • Installation of all four power export cables by James Fisher Marine Services Ltd. offshore on the project site in preparation to install the first four turbine systems to the national grid via an onshore power distribution center next year; and
  • Installation of 15 km of 33 kV onshore cable, installed by SHEPD from Hastigrow to Ness of Quoys.

In addition, Atlantis Resources and its partners continue making strides on other components of the MeyGen project, including:

  • Beginning work on an ABB-constructed onshore power distribution site;
  • Fabricating Phase 1A foundations at Nigg Energy Park in Scotland;
  • Fabricating ballast blocks by JGC Engineering & Technical Services in Scotland; and
  • Fabricating and assembling 1.5 MW turbine units by Andritz Hammerfest Hydro in Germany and Atlantis in Scotland.

“2015 has been another transformational year for Atlantis with the acquisition and successful integration of Marine Current Turbines (MCT) and significant development at the company’s flagship MeyGen project,” Atlantis CEO Tim Cornelius said. “This world-leading project remains on track to execute its final offshore installation and commissioning program for Phase 1A in 2016.” reported that Atlantis had struck an all-share deal to acquire the MeyGen project from MCT in May, which had in turn purchased the majority stake in the company from Siemens in February 2012.

Funding that had previously been allocated for use by MCT for the 8-MW Kyle Rhea project near Scotland’s Isle of Skye will be redistributed to fund MeyGen Phase 1B, per a ruling by the European Commission’s Climate Change Committee in October.

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