World's largest tidal array development wins prestigious international Award
6th November 2014
The UK's 'MeyGen Project' awarded the ICOE's inaugural 'Navigator Award'.
5th November 2014: Last night, the 398MW MeyGen project was awarded the first ever 'Navigator Award' at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), in recognition of the project's significant contribution to the global marine renewable industry.
The highly prestigious Award was awarded to the MeyGen Project, which is 86 percent owned by Atlantis Resources, at the International Conference on Ocean Energy, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Dan Pearson, CEO of MeyGen was delighted to receive the award. He said: "At MeyGen, we are both thrilled and challenged to accept the ICOE 2014 Navigator award and recognition. We know that the eyes of the world are on our project, but we know we are solving lots of problems for the first time!"
The International Conference on Ocean Energy is held in even years and is the world developer conference for the wave and tidal industry. With 120 exhibitors in a trade show and more than 650 delegates from 25 countries, it is a benchmark event for this emerging industry.
Chris Campbell, chair of ICOE's international organisers, remarked "MeyGen is the first project to secure leasing, environmental permitting, technology supply, power purchase and financial close agreements. The project has momentum and has potential to grow into an industrial-scale power plant."
"Scotland, France, Ireland and Nova Scotia are the places to watch for these prototype tidal power projects" said Elisa Obermann of Marine Renewables Canada, the national organization hosting the fifth ICOE, for the first time outside Europe.
In its first phase, the MeyGen project will install four 1.5MW turbines offshore and construct the onshore infrastructure to support the project. Three of the turbines will be supplied by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest and one Lockheed Martin-designed turbine supplied by Atlantis. When fully operational, the 398MW tidal array will generate the electricity to power 175,000 Scottish homes by the early 2020s.
It is MeyGen's intention to start onshore construction at Ness of Quoys near to the village of Mey early next year and they are planning on holding two open days next week in order to assist with any questions about the works and the project in general. Members of the MeyGen team will be on hand between 11am - 9pm on Tuesday 16th December at Mey Hall and 11am - 9pm on Wednesday 17th December at Caithness Horizons.
ANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order from MeyGen Ltd. to supply three 1.5-megawatt tidal current turbines to the planned tidal array in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth, Scotland.
Mojo Maritime has signed a contract with James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) which will see them provide significant marine operational and engineering expertise to the construction phase of the MeyGen Inner Sound tidal project. Over the next two years, Mojo will work closely with JFMS carrying out the detailed design, planning and execution of the subsea cable, foundation and turbine installation.
MeyGen Ltd's Chief Executive Officer Mr Dan Pearson to speak in public about progress with its Marine Power Station on 22nd October 2014. Mr Dan Pearson, the Chief Executive Officer of MeyGen Ltd, is to address folk in North East Caithness from the platform at Mey Village Hall, in NE Caithness, on the evening of Wednesday October 22nd at 7:30 pm.
In recent weeks members of the Caithness public may have noticed some activity by MeyGen Ltd. around the Pentland Firth Inner Sound and at Ness of Quoys.
Up to six turbines will be initially placed in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth off the north coast of Caithness, Scotland, the first phase of what developers hope will be a much larger project. MeyGen Ltd.
Information from the Meygen materials supplied at the public meetings in December 2011. The full pubicatiosn are online at www.meygen.com.
This map shows the area of the first phase of 86 turbines and the lines for the cables. For more about the project and MeyGen got to www.meygen.com.
One of the first companies to get going with their plans to extract the huge energy potential form the Pentland Firth is Meygen. Their plans were unveiled to Caithness people at Mey Hall a few days ago.
MeyGen today announces entry into an 'Agreement for Lease' with The Crown Estate for the Pentland Firth Inner Sound tidal power site. MeyGen is a joint venture between independent power generator International Power plc (45%), investment bank Morgan Stanley (45%), and tidal technology provider Atlantis Resources Corporation (10%), dedicated to developing the Inner Sound tidal site.
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