Marine hydro firm OPT awards wave energy project contracts

Ocean Power Technologies Inc. is awarding four new contracts to Oregon companies in connection with the manufacture of its PB150 PowerBuoy wave energy generating device and its deployment off the coast of Reedsport, Ore., OPT announced.

The new contracts, with the previously awarded contract to Oregon Iron Works for the fabrication of the buoy’s steel structure takes the total invested by OPT in the local economy to over $6 million, creating or saving up to 100 manufacturing and marine services jobs at the four companies and their suppliers, according to OPT.

After the initial PowerBuoy is deployed and tested off the coast of Reedsport, expected later this year, OPT plans to construct a commercial-scale wave power station, consisting of up to nine additional PowerBuoys and grid connection infrastructure, subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals and additional funding, OPT said. This wave energy array will be developed by Reedsport OPT Wave Park LLC.

The four Oregon companies receiving contract awards are:

American Bridge Manufacturing – An advanced construction engineering firm located in the City of Reedsport, American Bridge will manufacture the subsurface floats and tow-out fixtures that are part of the mooring system for the PowerBuoy.

Cascade General, a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, LLC – Located at the Portland Shipyard, Cascade provides OPT with access to world-class assets, including large dry docks, cranes and other major equipment. Cascade General will perform the final assembly of the PowerBuoy and position it in the Columbia River for towing to the coast.

Oregon Iron Works – Following their successful completion of the previously awarded contract for fabrication of the PowerBuoy’s steel spar, Clackamas-based OIW will perform the insertion and assembly of OPT’s innovative and proprietary power take-off and internal electronics into the PowerBuoy spar.

Sause Bros. Inc. – Sause Bros. is a marine transportation services firm with a fleet of over sixty tugs and barges, headquartered in Coos Bay, Oregon. Sause Bros. will assist OPT in the deployment of the PowerBuoy, including towing it from the final assembly site in Portland to the Port of Coos Bay, and the positioning and installation of the buoy, mooring lines and anchors at the Reedsport site.

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Marine hydro firm Aquamarine signs contract for Oyster 2 wave energy project

Edinburgh-based marine hydro developer Aquamarine Power and Falmouth-based marine drilling specialists Fugro Seacore (Seacore) have signed a GBP3 million (US$4.8 million) contract that will see Seacore install the foundation system for Aquamarine’s next-generation Oyster 2 wave energy device, which will be installed in Orkney this summer.

Seacore will commence drilling and installation of steel piles for three Oyster devices this summer at Billia Croo near Stromness in Orkney. The company previously installed the piles for Aquamarine Power’s Oyster 1, also at Billia Croo, which was installed in 2009.

Aquamarine Power will install a single Oyster 2 device this summer, with a further two devices to be put in place in 2012. Together the three Oyster 2 devices will form a 2.4-MW array connected to a single onshore generating plant.

The news follows the announcement of millions in new investment in Aquamarine Power by multi-national power company ABB and other investors.

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