Global tidal power generation company Atlantis has announced that the first Andritz Hydro Hammerfest turbine (TTG1) began full power operations at the MeyGen project site in Pentland Firth, UK.
Last month, James Fisher Marine Services installed the first of four AHH-supplied tidal stream turbines at the Scottish site. Each has the potential to produce around 1.5MW of power when the water speed reaches 3m/s or around six knots.
MeyGen's project director David Taaffe said: “It is extremely satisfying to see all of the meticulous planning and preparation come to life and be validated in the field.
“Andritz has done a wonderful job in commissioning this system, drawing on many years of operational experience.
“This will be one of many milestones to come as we now build on this successful start and continue to roll out the world’s largest tidal power array. It is an important day for my entire team and all of our contractors.”
With the turbines now operating at full power, the company will work on validating the power curve models supporting the financial assumptions of the project.
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The turbines have also been put through extensive onshore turbine testing and commissioning before their final deployment.