Lockheed Martin to construct tidal turbines for Atlantis' MeyGen array

Atlantis Tidal Turbine

Tidal energy developer Atlantis Resources Ltd. has awarded a construction contract to manufacturer Lockheed Martin to deliver a 1.5 MW turbine to be used at its MeyGen site in Scotland's Pentland Firth.

The deal calls for Lockheed Martin to manufacture the steel turbine housing and all modules -- including the gearbox and generator -- while also providing systems integration and quality assurance services. Delivery of the first unit to Scotland is expected next year.

The units, called the "AR1500", will be amongst the largest single-rotor tidal turbines ever developed with 18-meter-diameter rotors, and will feature active rotor pitch and full nacelle yaw rotation capabilities.

Lockheed Martin previously provided optimization services to Atlantis during the AR1500's design phase.

"This new multi-million pound contract with Lockheed Martin further develops the strong relationship that exists between the two companies who are at the forefront of tidal power generation," Atlantis CEO Tim Cornelius said. "Lockheed martin has been a strong partner and supporter of Atlantis for a number of years, and we look forward to continuing to continuing to work alongside this global technology giant as we continue to deliver turbine systems for installation on the MeyGen project going forward."

The company also announced that contractors have begun horizontal drilling operations at the MeyGen site at Ness of Quoys, creating bores to be used for transmission lines leading to shore from an array of four AR1500 units. HydroWorld.com reported that supplier ABB had received a contract to supply an onshore grid connection for this first phase of the site's development.

Atlantis, which already held 10% of the developing company, MeyGen Ltd., acquired the remainder of the developer in November 2013. The company received a grant worth US$10.55 million from a European Commission agency to help develop the Pentland Firth site in February of the same year.

HydroWorld.com reported in November that Atlantis had signed a 10-year extendable seabed sublease with Canada's Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) to deploy an AR1500 in Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy.

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