Leading power and automation technology group ABB will be supplying the technology for the MeyGen tidal stream project in Scotland’s Pentland Firth. ABB was awarded the contract by Atlantis Resources Limited to provide the onshore grid connection for Phase I of the MeyGen project.
The MeyGen tidal stream project will harvest the tidal resources of the strait connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea between the Orkney Islands and the Scottish mainland. The first 6 megawatt (MW) demonstration phase of the UK’s first large-scale tidal array scheme will see four submerged turbines installed in the Inner Pentland Firth just north of Caithness, with first power expected to be delivered by 2016.
ABB will supply the onshore power conversion and grid connection systems to feed the electricity safely and reliably into the local distribution grid. ABB’s project scope includes design, engineering, supply and commissioning of the power conversion, switchgear and transformer solution as well as associated civil engineering and cabling works. Major product supplies include transformers, medium voltage switchgear and power converters.
Claudio Facchin, Head of ABB’s Power Systems division says the project reaffirms the faith their customers have in ABB’s technology and proven capability to deliver safe, reliable and efficient grid connections that play a key role in integrating renewables and making an increasing contribution to the energy mix.
Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer, Atlantis Resources Ltd comments that partnerships with leading players in the energy sector are critical to delivering commercial-scale tidal power projects, allowing the untapped potential of global tidal resources to be harnessed.
The initial phase of the MeyGen development has the potential to generate up to 86 MW of electricity, enough power for around 42,000 homes, potentially catering to the needs of almost 40 percent of households in the Scottish Highlands. MeyGen intends to deploy up to 398 MW of offshore tidal stream turbines in the Pentland Firth over the next ten years to supply clean and renewable electricity to the UK National Grid.