MeyGen Surveys Underway
24th October 2013
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. This activity is related to two site surveys being undertaken, one offshore and one onshore. The first, a seabed survey was carried out at the beginning of July using a multi-beam echo-sounder, side-scan sonar and magnetometers. This will allow the detailed analysis of the submarine cable route for the first array of tidal turbines and to confirm that there are no obstructions or anomalies that might interfere with this route.
The second, an onshore survey carried out in October, comprised of a number of small excavations and a deep bore drill at the Ness of Quoys. The purpose of these was to establish the ground and substructure conditions. The small excavations, down to the rock head, known as logging pits were used to investigate the top soil and overburden in preparation for any civil works that would take place.
The drilling extracted core samples down to 65m. This depth was chosen as it gives an indication of the strata at the depths beneath the Inner Sound seabed that may be reached by the horizontal directional drilled bores for bringing submarine cables to shore and for drilled foundations for the turbines.
In parallel to this MeyGen has also been collecting metocean data, such as tidal flow characteristics and wave configurations, using Acoustic Doppler buoys and X-band Radar.
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.
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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.
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.