Scots tidal at full power
Atlantis redeploys fourth turbine at MeyGen Phase 1A
Atlantis Resources has redeployed the fourth and final 1.5MW turbine at its MeyGen Phase 1A tidal array in the Pentland Firth in northern Scotland.
The offshore works were performed by the Atlantis offshore operations team using the Olympic Challenger vessel and the Lockheed Marti-designed AR1500 turbine is undergoing commissioning procedures, the company said.
Following final completion testing, MeyGen Phase 1A is expected to formally complete its construction phase and enter into its 25-year operational phase within the coming weeks.
Total production from the 6MW project surpassed 2.6GWh with over 800MWh of grid-connected power generation during the month of September, it added.
Atlantis chief executive Tim Cornelius has meanwhile called on the UK government to renew price support for tidal stream projects.
“The industrial opportunities of tidal power for the UK are substantial, but without renewed government support for tidal stream power, the UK is likely to lose jobs and investment overseas,” said.
“We have asked the government to enter into a bilateral negotiation for 80MW of capacity to allow us to proceed with the construction of Phase 1C of the MeyGen project without further delay.”
Image: AR1500 at MeyGen Phase 1A (Atlantis)