ScottishPower Renewables' Managing Director Keith Anderson joined First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond in Oslo as Norway-based marine hydropower developer Hammerfest Strom announced contracts worth 4 million pounds (US$6.2 million) to construct the first of their advanced HS1000 tidal power turbines in Scotland.
Fife-based Burntisland Fabrication Limited (BiFab) has been awarded the largest single contract for the fabrication of the sub-structure for the 1-MW turbine, which will be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney next year.
ScottishPower Renewables, a major shareholder in Hammerfest Strom for the last five years, has already submitted a planning application to install ten HS1000 machines at a tidal-power array in the Sound of Islay on the west coast of Scotland. Beyond this, SPR is developing a 95-turbine project at Ness of Duncansbay in the Pentland Firth as part of The Crown Estate's first marine energy leasing round. The company also confirmed that it will be entering the Ness of Duncansbay project into the Scottish Government's GBP 10 million Saltire Prize for marine energy innovation.
Salmond said: "I am delighted that Scottish businesses will benefit from the next stage of the development of one of the world's most advanced tidal turbines. With unrivalled energy resources off our coast and a range of wave, tidal and offshore wind development already under way, Scotland leads the way in generating power offshore."
Welcoming Hammerfest's announcement, Anderson said: "ScottishPower Renewables is committed to leading the development of new renewable energy technologies in the UK, and we already have major projects planned utilizing wave and tidal power. Following the deployment of the initial HS1000 machine in Orkney, SPR is planning to install ten of the machines in the Sound of Islay, which will be the first tidal power array of its kind in the world. Following on from this, we are also planning to install up to 95 tidal turbines in the Pentland Firth."
Recently, international technology group Andritz acquired a 33.3 percent stake in Norwegian tidal hydro specialist Hammerfest Strom AS, including its subsidiary, Hammerfest Strom UK Ltd, based Scotland, by means of a capital increase, Andritz Hydro reported.
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