Atlantis to unplug more tidal kit
Grid outage blamed as AR1500 turbine at MeyGen heads for dry land
Tidal player Atlantis Resources is to retrieve its AR1500 turbine installed at the MeyGen Phase 1A array in the Pentland Firth following an unplanned grid outage.
The company said in a statement that the outage was caused by a third party and was unrelated to the turbine itself. It did not provide details.
Atlantis said the incident followed a sustained period of autonomous operation of the turbine at full output and a successful automated shutdown procedure after the occurrence of the grid fault.
It is currently expected that the AR1500 will be retrieved at the next opportunity for a full systems inspection before undergoing a contractual performance testing regime.
This reflects the approach adopted for the three Andritz Hammerfest Hydro (AHH) turbines currently undergoing upgrades at Nigg Energy Park prior to planned redeployment in May, it said.
Last month, Atlantis decided to remove the AHH turbines to allow the German fabricator to implement system enhancements.
Image: the AR1500 turbine at MeyGen 1A (Atlantis)