Atlantis Resources unveils 6MW MeyGen Phase 1A project in Scotland

12 September 2016 (Last Updated September 12th, 2016 18:30)

Tidal power developer Atlantis Resources has unveiled the 6MW MeyGen Phase 1A project at the Nigg Energy Park in Scotland.

Tidal power developer Atlantis Resources has unveiled the 6MW MeyGen Phase 1A project at the Nigg Energy Park in Scotland.

Four 1.5MW turbines have been constructed as part of the phase, three built by Andritz and one by Atlantis. Each of the turbines weigh almost 200t.

Positioned on top of foundation structures on the quayside at Nigg, the turbines will be ready for deployment to the MeyGen site in the Pentland Firth. They will be transported by the Neptune jack-up vessel operated by Geoseas, which is a unit of the DEME Group.

"At a ceremony held at the Nigg Energy Park, first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the first fully assembled turbine."

At a ceremony held at the Nigg Energy Park in Scotland, the first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the first fully assembled turbine, which stands 15m tall and has blades measuring 18m in diameter.

In June, the MeyGen project was successfully connected to the 33kV Ness of Quoys distribution network following the installation of underground 33kV power export cables in the UK by network operator Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution.

Atlantis claims it is on track to deliver first power to the grid from MeyGen Phase 1A later this year. Once completed, the  project will consist of 269 turbines and generate enough energy to power 175,000 UK homes.