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First power for Atlantis at MeyGen

Freshly-installed Andritz Hydro Hammerfest turbine exports to shore

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Atlantis Resources has produced first power from its 6MW MeyGen tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth off the north coast of Scotland.

The developer said an initial Andritz Hydro Hammerfest 1.5MW turbine was successfully installed last week and plugged into a pre-laid cable.

“The project is exporting power for the first time, using only the tidally-driven water flows which rush through the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth,” said Atlantis.

Electricity was produced while AHH worked to establish communications with the turbine and verify that the on-board safety and monitoring systems are operational.

Working with ABB as the suppliers of the onshore frequency converters, the AHH team has also begun the process of powering up the turbine to tune the control system for optimised generation.

James Fisher Marine Services installed the turbine using vessel Olympic Ares. Three more turbines await placement at the site.

Atlantis chief executive Tim Cornelius said: “The success of this first phase is a foundation for the tidal industry to build upon to ensure we develop a new energy sector which can deliver clean, predictable and affordable power from the UK’s own abundant resources.”

Image: Atlantis

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