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The construction of Atlantis Resources’ MeyGen Phase 1A tidal energy project is progressing well.
In Phase 1A of the project, four submerged turbines generating 6 MW will be installed off Caithness, with the first power expected to be delivered in 2016.
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) of four bore holes, 550 m long each, from the foreshore into the inner sound and down to the seabed with subsea exits on all four bore holes was completed in July.
The Power Conversion centre, currently under construction, is designed to withstand and protect the critical electrical equipment against the extreme elements of the Pentland Firth, while at the same time incorporating water, waste, and cooling solutions, in order to minimise the environmental impact.
The principal contractor for all onshore construction of the MeyGen project is a Swiss-based power and automation technology group ABB.
Situated in the Pentland Firth, the MeyGen tidal array will consist of 269 submerged tidal turbines, with 398 MW capacity, enough to power 175.000 Scottish homes.