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Scottish tidal power scheme picks contractors

Atlantis, the owner-operator of Scotland’s Pentland Firth tidal power project, has agreed terms with the contractors who will build the scheme.

Phase 1A of MeyGen, which will be the world’s largest free stream tidal current energy project, will be built by:

  • ABB, for civil works and onshore electrical equipment supply;
  • Andritz Hydro Hammerfest and Atlantis, for turbine supply;
  • Robert Bird Group, Global Energy Group and  JGC Engineering & Technical Services, for the design and supply of the turbine foundation; 
  • James Fisher Marine Services, for the offshore construction works, including installation of the subsea cables, foundations and turbines;
  • JDR Cable Systems, for the subsea cable supply; and
  • O’Connor Utilities, for the directional drilling of cable bores from the onshore site to the seabed.

MeyGen is located in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth, off the north-east coast of Scotland. The first 86MW of the project, Phase 1, was awarded consent by the Scottish government in 2013. The site has a full potential of almost 400MW of tidal generating plant, equivalent to 265 1.5MW tidal turbines. 

Grid capacity has been secured which ensures that the clean energy produced can be exported to domestic and commercial users, powering the equivalent of 42,000 Scottish homes.

Atlantis said it expects to reach financial close for Phase 1A shortly.

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