Launch of world’s largest tidal stream power project is a major step forward for renewables
12 September 2016
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK says today’s official launch of the MeyGen tidal stream project in Scotland – the largest project of its kind in the world - marks a significant step forward in the development of marine energy.
One of the world’s largest tidal turbines, 15 metres tall, with blades 16 metres in diameter, and weighing almost 200 tonnes, is being unveiled (12 noon) at Nigg Energy Park near Inverness, where it was assembled on the site of a former oil and gas fabrication yard.
After the ceremony, it will begin its journey to the MeyGen project site in the Pentland Firth, off the north coast of Scotland between Caithness and Orkney.
RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith, said: “Our country is the global leader in marine energy. The MeyGen project is a major step forward in terms of scale, giving us a great boost in maintaining Britain’s pole position. The fact that the first turbine was assembled at what was an oil and gas fabrication yard illustrates the opportunities offered by renewables. New technology like this will be powering our nation for decades to come.
“The official launch of the largest tidal stream energy project in the world marks a significant moment in the commercial development of marine power. It clearly demonstrates the economic opportunities being created in the UK, which other countries are eyeing enviously – Britain is driving innovation, attracting investment and creating jobs”.
The turbine is the first of four to be installed underwater, each with a capacity of 1.5 megawatts (MW), in the initial phase of the project. In total, the developer, Edinburgh-based Atlantis Resources, intends to install up to 269 turbines, bringing the project’s capacity to 398MW – enough to power 175,000 homes. First power will be delivered to the grid later this year.
For further information, please contact:
Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445
Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013 or 07969 229913 Robert.Norris@RenewableUK.com
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