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ABB to supply grid connection for 6-MW first phase of Scotland tidal project

Meygen Tidal Turbine

Power technology supplier ABB has received a contract from Atlantis Resources Ltd. to supply an onshore grid connection for the 6-MW Phase 1 of the MeyGen tidal stream power project in Scotland's Pentland Firth.

The first 6-MW demonstration phase of MeyGen is to deliver power in 2016 from four underwater turbines installed in Pentland Firth between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands. The initial phase has the potential to be expanded to 86 MW. In the next 10 years, MeyGen is to deploy up to 398 MW in tidal stream turbines, making it the largest of its type in Europe.

ABB is to be responsible for onshore power conversion and grid connection systems, including design, engineering, supply and commissioning of power conversion, switchgear, transformers, cabling and civil engineering.

Atlantis Resources, which already held 10 percent of the developing company, MeyGen Ltd., acquired the remainder of the developer last year. In February, Atlantis Resources received a grant worth US$10.55 million from a European Commission agency to help develop the Pentland Firth site.

In March, Lockheed Martin began providing optimization services for Atlantis' AR1500 turbine, which is to be installed at the MeyGen project in Pentland Firth and another in Canada's Bay of Fundy.

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