Atlantis Resources has installed the final turbine in the first phase of its tidal energy project, bringing the number generating electricity at the MeyGen site in the Pentland Firth to four. Each turbine is capable of providing up to 1.5 megawatts of power. The latest was an AR1500 model designed by Lockheed Martin. Atlantis said that the deployment took less than 60 minutes, which boded well for future installations and maintenance programmes. The turbine was commissioned at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult facility in Blyth before being deployed from MeyGen at the Nigg Energy Park, Inverness-shire. The first three turbines were built by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest; the first deployments took more than two hours. Atlantis said in November that the first turbine had been installed and was generating power from the fast-flowing waters off the north of Scotland. The power is connected to the grid onshore via a control building at Ness of Quoys in Caithness. Construction work on the next phase of MeyGen, for a further six megawatts, is expected to start this year. The project hopes to generate close to 400 megawatts eventually.
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