Atlantis installs fourth and final Meygen Phase 1A turbine

Atlantis ResourcesOver the weekend Atlantis Resources (Atlantis) installed its fourth and final tidal turbine at the MeyGen Phase 1A site in Pentland Firth, Scotland. It was installed over the weekend using Bibby Offshore's multipurpose vessel Olympic Ares.

The turbine was installed in just under 60 minutes following earlier connection of its proprietary wet mate connection management system. The turbines has since been connected to the grid onshore at a control building at Ness of Quoys in Caithness.

The turbine and cable installation works were carried out by James Fisher Marine Services Limited and followed the installation of foundations by GeoSea.

The AR1500 turbine system was designed under contract by Lockheed Martin Corporation, tested and commissioned at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s facility in Blyth and finally loaded out from the project’s operations and maintenance base at Nigg Energy Park in Scotland.

The turbine now joins three Andritz Hydro Hammerfest turbine at the site, each capable of generating 1.5MW of power when the water speed reaches just over 3m/s, or around six knots of flow.

The first turbine was installed on the 7th November 2016, and achieved first power the following week. The turbine has since operated at full power and operation of the entire 6MW project is expected later this year.

Atlantis is the indirect majority owner of the MeyGen project through its 92% shareholding in Tidal Power Scotland Limited, which owns 83.5% of MeyGen Limited alongside Scottish Enterprise (16.5%).

At the beginning of January Atlantis informed that it secured €20.3m (£17.31m) in Horizon 2020 grant funding from the European Commission for the MeyGen Phase 1B 6MW turbine array in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth. Construction of Phase 1B is scheduled for commencement later this year. Atlantis plans a total rollout of 400MW at the Pentland Firth site