Huge Jackup Barge Arrives in Pentland Firth For Turbine Installation Work
22nd September 2016
Jack-up barge Neptune arrives in the PF's Inner Sound early this afternoon 22.09.16. German tug Elbe, which will be working closely with the self-propelled JU, is already on site.
Appears that it will be practice runs, with tides, seabed etc. deck-officer /technician familiarisation etc., rather than actual deployment of Andritz 1.5 MW tidal stream turbine, over the next few days.
That will be at least until further notice from her owner Belgium's DEME of Antwerp or from James Fisher Marine Services Ltd, Atlantis RL's marine ops team, headed by Capt. Richard Parkinson.
The Pentland Firth project by Meygen seems to finally be gathering pace with this significant arrival.
By the early 2020s MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the UK National Grid.
A great deal of investigation work has been carried out over the past few years, and whilst the project is still at an early stage of development it is proposed that the turbines be installed in a series of phases. Phase 1 will consist of a maximum of 86 turbines (86MW). Employing a ‘deploy and monitor strategy', the initial array deployed in the first two years will provide information on the interactions between the array and the environment and increase the understanding for subsequent phases. Phase 2, comprising the build out of the remainder of the project, will be subject to a separate consent application.
One of the key reasons for this phased approach is that before installation can begin on such large commercial arrays, the installation and operation of the technology must be proven on a smaller scale.
On Friday 18th September 2015 the 24 metre-long rectangular steel multi-cat C-Chariot built in 2013 was to be seen loading a Data-fish buoy at Gills Harbour, Caithness. North Sea systems Ltd who own the Datafish describe it on their web site (http://www.northseasystems.com/) as follows - "DataFish is North Sea System's metocean survey buoy for unforgiving marine environments.
Seabed cable-laying operations in the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, off Canisbay, which may occur in the period 10.09.15 to 25.09.15. The cable ship being used in the Inner Sound is the 121 metre long Siem Daya 1 and she will reel in the four cables at Hartlepool in NE England.
Scotland's Shadow Minister for Transport Mr David Stewart, Labour MSP for the Highlands & Islands constituency, has made a fact-finding visit to community-owned Gills Harbour on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound. There he was shown around by three officers of Gills Harbour Ltd (GHL), the Canisbay company that owns and operates the Scottish Mainland's most Northerly port.
Community-owned Gills Harbour is the most Northerly seaport on the British mainland, lying on the shores of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound, just off the A 836 road, only four miles West of John O'Groats. The spring of 2015 has seen some significant developments locally, both in sea-transport and marine electricity, that bode well for the future of the little port on the inland 'apex' of Gills Bay; it belongs to the 600 people living along the North coast.
Two vessels made their debut visits to Gills Harbour on the morning of Sunday, May 10th, 2015. The mini-ships Uskmoor and Lodesman sailed across the Pentland Firth from Orkney to conduct operations in the Inner Sound of the narrow, tide-swept, channel separating Caithness from the isles.
James Fisher Marine Services Booths Park House Chelford Road Knutsford Cheshire Main Contact Stan Groundwater s.groundwater[AT]james-fisher.co.uk tel 01856831380 mob 07747843712 All positions to be quoted in World Geodetic System 1984 [WGS84], lat. / long., in deg./ minutes.