Tidal power developer Atlantis Resources has connected its MeyGen array to the 33 kV Ness of Quoys distribution network, marking a significant technical milestone for the Scottish marine hydrokinetic installation.
The underground cable, installed by network operator Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD), is one of the longest such lines in the United Kingdom at more than 25 km in length.
"The connection of our flagship MeyGen project to the SHEPD distribution network marks a huge technical major milestone for Atlantis and the tidal stream industry more broadly," said Tim Cornelius, Atlantis CEO. "It has involved years of hard work, persistence, perseverance and determination by our team and all of the contractors and consultants involved in the onshore work scope."
The original grid agreements for the connection were signed in 2010, after which nearly US$1.5 million was invested before the financial closing of the project's Phase 1A in order for it to be ready in time for the installation of generating units.
"We have made great progress over recent months at MeyGen on turbine and foundation preparation, and we very much look forward to delivering first power to the grid later this year, which will be a huge event for our company and the global marine power industry," Cornelius said.
HydroWorld.com reported that Atlantis had struck an all-share deal to acquire the 400-MW MeyGen project from MCT last May, which had in turn purchased the majority stake in the company from Siemens in February 2012.
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