Published 7th of November 2013
On the evening of Thursday 31st October, Atlantis Resources Ltd. (“Atlantis”) successfully acquired 100% of the shares of MeyGen Limited (“MeyGen”) from GDF SUEZ and Morgan Stanley. Having recently secured offshore planning consents, key elements of the project have now been significantly de-risked, and as a result Atlantis sees this as an ideal time to increase its investment in the MeyGen project.
It is the intention of Atlantis to operate MeyGen as a standalone business maintaining its plan and its team’s sole focus on the delivery of Phase 1a (up to 6 tidal turbines) in 2015/16. Given both the strategic and economic importance of the project to the marine energy sector, Atlantis and MeyGen continue to work closely with the Scottish Government, DECC, Crown Estate, key stakeholders, and other contractors alike to deliver Europe’s largest and most important tidal energy project.
Enquiries concerning the project and its development progress should be directed either via the website or telephone 0207 193 5258.
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Published 16th of September 2013
MeyGen Ltd. has been awarded consent by the Scottish Government for an 86MW tidal energy project, following the completion of the statutory approval process with the regulator Marine Scotland.
The project is located in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth off the north coast of Caithness, home to one of Europe’s greatest tidal resources. It is the largest tidal stream energy project to be awarded consent in Europe and constitutes the first phase of a site that could eventually yield up to 398MW.
MeyGen plans to build an initial demonstration array of up to 6 turbines, with construction starting in early 2014 and turbines commissioned in 2015. This initial array will provide valuable environmental data for the subsequent phases and the wider tidal energy industry.
Ed Rollings, Environment & Consents Manager of MeyGen, commented: “The award of this consent is the culmination of over 4 years of environmental work and extensive consultation with stakeholders and the local community in Caithness.
“The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters region is an internationally important area for wildlife and we are committed to continuing research with interested parties to ensure that the exploitation of this clean, predictable and sustainable energy resource is done so in a manner that does not have a detrimental effect on the species and habitats in the area.”
Dan Pearson, CEO of MeyGen, added: “the MeyGen team and its shareholders are thrilled to have reached this defining milestone. While there is still much work to be done, the prospects for delivering the first tidal energy array in the Pentland Firth, thereby establishing a stepping stone to commercialising tidal energy, are promising”.
Published 29th of August 2013
In the early hours of the 28th August ANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest successfully re-deployed and re-connected their HS 1000 turbine onto their foundation at EMEC. The turbine had been out of the water for several months for inspection and refurbishment after nearly 12 months of operation. This is a significant step for the project as MeyGen intends to use this technology in its Demonstration Array and we are hopeful that the turbine will be able generate continuously in order to build up even greater confidence in its reliability.
During the re-connection a new drymate procedure was trialled with excellent results and this process will be taken forward into their later projects. This new drymate design seems to significantly reduce the offshore installation period by means of “Plug & Play” thru connection between the subsea cable and the turbine umbilical electrical lead.
Published 3rd of August 2013
During spring 2013 MeyGen has worked with the Natural Oceanographic Centre (NOC) to perform marine radar measurements in the Inner Sound. The radar, deployed at the Ness of Huna, acquired data continuously for up to three months and provided valuable data on the waves and tidal currents in the Inner Sound.
The image shows an example of instantaneous flow vectors derived from the remote sensing of wave parameters by the marine radar, analysed using the NOC’s state of-the-art radar processing toolbox. The data shall be used to validate numerical models and reduce uncertainty in the environmental conditions for the upcoming installation of all offshore elements of phase1a of the MeyGen project.
The measurements have proven that marine radars are a viable land based solution for characterizing the environmental conditions at tidal energy sites, such as the Inner Sound.
The radar has been decommissioned and the post processing of the data is near completion. With the success of this project, MeyGen would like to thank local landowners/stakeholders for their corporation and the NOC for managing and carrying out the project and their continuing support.
Published 8th of July 2013
The schools exhibition that emerged from the very successful “Beatrice Works” education project is now on display at Caithness Horizons in Thurso. MeyGen were one of the many companies associated with this activity which saw a great number of excellent pieces of art created and we would urge anyone wishing to view them to drop into the Gallery Café from now to the 31st July. The flyer for this and the Beatrice Works family day at Caithness Horizons can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Published 27th of June 2013
Today the Department of Energy and Climate Change published its draft Strike Prices under the proposed Feed-in Tariff with Contract for Difference (CfD) support mechanism for renewable electricity, available from 2014 through to 2018/19, along with various other announcements as part of the ongoing process of Electricity Market Reform.
Among those is a commitment to consult on a possible uplift on the CfD for generators on Scottish islands.
Alongside this, they have published policy decisions on key CfD contract terms.
DECC has stated that the aim of these announcements is to give industry and investors early sight of the principal contract parameters, including terms and draft strike prices – with the detailed drafting of the contract to follow in the summer. They intend to publish further detail (including supporting methodology, draft Capacity Market reliability standard, and forward look to 2030) in the draft Delivery Plan for EMR in July.
Tidal energy support remains high with the UK government awarding it a support level similar to that currently enjoyed under the Renewable Obligation scheme (5 x Rocs due to run out in 2017).
A summary of the announcement from DECC is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-energy-infrastructure-investment-to-fuel-recovery
Published 12th of May 2013
The Mey 10K race is the most northerly 10 kilometre race on the British Mainland. It is organised by the North Highland Harriers which were formed after the very successful 2009 Mey 10K event – www.northhighlandharriers.co.uk – MeyGen were keen to support the event in 2013 and were delighted to be one of the sponsors. Moreover, we were able dispatch a team of six runners to take part. The day was a great success and all members of the team finished with good times and in good spirits (despite the ever changing headwinds…). We would like to express our thanks to the Mey 10k organising committee and helpers on the day as well as congratulate the winners of the various categories. Simply, a well-run event (excuse the pun).
Published 29th of April 2013
After many years of co-operation, MeyGen Ltd. and Scrabster Harbour Trust entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today. The MoU sets out how both companies plan on working together over the coming years in order to utilise the facilities that Scrabster has to offer for both construction and maintenance. The close proximity of Scrabster Harbour to MeyGen’s Inner Sound site and the recent developments within the harbour such as the new heavy lift quay and dredged depth make Scrabster a preferred location for MeyGen’s initial operations. Should the project achieve consents from the Scottish Government and achieve financial sanction from its Shareholders it is the current intentions of MeyGen to use the harbour in 2014 and beyond as a location to deploy and maintain up to 6 tidal energy turbines.
Published 21st of March 2013
MeyGen, in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, successfully hosted a Caithness supply chain event yesterday at ETEC, Thurso. The event was advertised in local newspapers and via chamber of commerce networks and resulted in the attendance of 40 local industrial business’s each of whom met with MeyGen’s Tier 1 suppliers.
The event was felt to be a great success by all parties and has greatly enhanced the appreciation that MeyGen’s Tier 1 suppliers have of the capabilities and facilities available to them across the North of Scotland. MeyGen, since its creation in October 2010 has invested nearly £1 million in the Highlands Region; and it is the ambition of the project, should it obtain offshore consents and reach commercial sanction, that it is able to continue this investment in local businesses and skills during construction and operation.
Published 20th of March 2013
The MeyGen project took another significant forward step yesterday as it was granted planning permission by The Highland Council North Planning Application Committee to proceed with all onshore works at two sites near Canisbay village, the Ness of Quoys and the Ness of Huna. The planning permission enables the project to carry out civil works at either site within the next three years and will involve the construction of three Power Conversion Unit Buildings and associated infrastructure such as the installation of access roads and cabling. The consent relates to Phase 1 of the project which consists of 86MW. It is the current preference of MeyGen that the whole of Phase 1 be constructed at the Ness of Quoys and, should the project receive offshore consents from the Scottish Government and receive financial sanction by its shareholders, it is hoped that construction start as soon as the 3rd quarter of 2013. Should the Ness of Quoys site progress in this manner, it is unlikely that the Ness of Huna site will be used for Phase 1. Although this is the case, it is still the desire of MeyGen to use the Ness of Huna for Phase 2.
Copies of the planning recommendation by The Highland Council Planning and Development Department can be found at the following link:
On the evening of Thursday 31st October, Atlantis Resources Ltd. (“Atlantis”) successfully acquired 100% of the shares of MeyGen Limited (“MeyGen”) from GDF SUEZ and Morgan Stanley. Having recently secured offshore planning consents, key elements of the project have now been … Continue reading
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