The Meygen project: nominated for Project of the Year 2017
Project Management MeyGen made headlines around the world when First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the project in November 2016.
Atlantis Resources Limited is a vertically integrated turbine supplier and project developer in the tidal power industry. The Atlantis group holds equity positions in a diverse portfolio of tidal stream development projects.
Alongside its project development interests, Atlantis owns a portfolio of patents and patent applications relating to tidal power generation and sells tidal generation equipment and engineering services to third party developers as well as its own projects. The Atlantis group, which is revenue generating, also conducts industrial research and development, and provides specialist consulting services globally.
About the project
The MeyGen project is the largest planned tidal development project in the world at 398 megawatts of total installed capacity when fully constructed. Situated in the Pentland Firth, Scotland, the MeyGen array will consist of 269 submerged tidal turbines, enough to power 175,000 Scottish homes.
MeyGen made headlines around the world when First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the project in November 2016. Phase 1A of the project is currently underway, with the installation of four 1.5MW tidal turbines in the Pentland Firth.
The project has since generated over 2,200 MWh of electrical energy and has already set a new world record for monthly production from a tidal stream power station in August.
MeyGen employed some 120 professionals during the construction of phase 1A, split across manufacturing, onshore construction and offshore operations.
Phase 1A will incorporate two different turbine technologies: Atlantis Resources AR1500 and Andritz Hydro Hammerfest AH1000 MK1. Each turbine is located on an individual foundation, weighing between 250 and 350 tonnes, coupled with six ballast blocks weighing 1,200 tonnes, which provide horizontal stability over the lifetime of the turbine.
The remote location required over 11km of subsea cable to be installed to connect the turbines to the onshore site and over 15km of onshore cables to connect the onshore site to the local grid.
The project has also galvanised the local supply chain by tapping into Scotland’s longstanding expertise in offshore energy developments.