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First Minister unveils world’s largest free stream tidal power project

12 September 2016

The world’s largest free stream tidal power project was unveiled today (Monday 12 September) at the Nigg Energy Park by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

The MeyGen Project is owned by Atlantis Resources Limited, a global leader in tidal power and backed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The first phase comprises four 1.5MW turbines; three built by Andritz and one AR1500 Atlantis turbine, weighing almost 200 tonnes. They have now been fully assembled, standing 15 metres tall and with blades 18 metres in diameter, ready for deployment to the MeyGen site in the Pentland Firth.

HIE is backing the £54 million project with a £3.3m grant. The remainder is made up of funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Scottish Government Renewable Energy Investment Fund, Crown Estate and Atlantis. Calum Davidson, HIE’s director of energy and low carbon, said:

“We very much welcome Atlantis and its partners in the MeyGen project at Nigg Energy Park.  This innovative, world-first project cements the position of the Highlands and Islands and Scotland as a global leader in marine energy.  The project already supports 120 jobs, and with the marine sector employing around 1,700 people across the UK, the potential for growth is very exciting.  The MeyGen project is a fantastic example of partnership working at its best. We are very pleased to be part of it, and we very much look forward to watching it progress.”

For more information, see the Scottish Government's news release

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