MeyGen tidal array reconnects all four turbines to grid

Redeployment of MeyGen tidal turbines (Photo: SIMEC Atlantis Energy)

SIMEC Atlantis Energy has completed the redeployment of two 1.5MW turbines at the MeyGen tidal energy project in Scotland, bringing the array to its full installed capacity.

Since reinstallation of the turbines, the project has exceeded 10,000MWh of cumulative generation with its 6MW installed capacity, and continues to set new records for tidal stream arrays, the company informed.

Drew Blaxland, Director of Atlantis Turbines and Engineering Services Division, said: “Yet again, we have demonstrated that we can work in all weather conditions, deploying turbines quickly and most importantly, safely.”

Tim Cornelius, CEO of SIMEC Atlantis, added: “Drew and his team have demonstrated time and time again that turbine operations can be conducted safely at all times of the year.

“In my opinion, they are the world’s leading tidal energy offshore construction team and the advances they have made in subsea intervention technology and methodologies will contribute significantly to the steep cost reductions we expect to see in the next phase of tidal arrays to be built in the UK, France, Canada and Asia.”

To remind, the first two 1.5MW MeyGen turbines have been returned to service in the array, located in the Pentland Firth, back in October 2018.

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