Tidal energy developer Atlantis announces completion of MeyGen site foundations

Atlantis Tidal Turbine

The last of four initial foundations has been installed at the MeyGen tidal power array, keeping the project on track for energy generation by the end of the year.

According to developer Atlantis Resources Ltd., the first turbine support structure was installed earlier this month by a GeoSea-owned jack-up vessel named “Neptune”. The entire process took about three weeks.

“This offshore operation was a resounding success, and importantly, has validated the use of jack-up vessels for the purpose of installing tidal turbine foundations off shore in high-flow locations,” the company said in a statement. “The use of a jack-up rig for the installation is significant for the future of the industry offering a flexible and fast installation solution.”

MeyGen is located in Scotland’s Pentland Firth and could ultimately have a capacity of nearly 400 MW, pending expansions after this phase.

HydroWorld.com reported the array had been connected to the 33 kV Ness of Quoys distribution network in June.

Atlantis acquired MeyGen through an all-share deal with MCT last May, which had in turn purchased the majority stake in the company from Siemens in February 2012.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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