MeyGen battles outage

MeyGen will be the world’s largest tidal project
MeyGen will be the world’s largest tidal project

Atlantis today confirmed its flagship MeyGen tidal development was hit by a third party outage.

Its AR1500 turbine is currently being monitored to assess the effects of an unplanned grid outage, which was unrelated to the turbine.

The outage follows a sustained period of autonomous operation of the turbine at full output. The grid fault triggered the turbine’s automatic shutdown procedure.

A spokesperson said: “It is currently expected that the AR1500 will be retrieved at the next opportunity for a full systems inspection before undergoing the contractual performance testing regime. This reflects the approach adopted for the AHH systems, which are currently undergoing upgrades at Nigg Energy Park prior to planned redeployment in May.”

In 2010, as part of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters leasing round, The Crown Estate awarded an agreement for lease (AfL) to MeyGen Limited, granting the option to develop a tidal stream project of up to 398MW at an offshore site between Scotland’s northernmost coast and the island of Stroma.

The 3.5km site covers some of the fastest flowing waters in the UK, just 2km from Scotland’s north-east tip.

The development generates sufficient electricity to supply 2,600 homes.