Minesto concludes gravity-based structure install in Wales
Service vessels towing Minesto's GBS foundation out to Holyhead Deep. Photographer: Mark Wells/Minesto
Swedish tidal energy company Minesto AB has finalised the installation of the whole gravity-based structure for its DG500 device at the seabed in the Holyhead Deep off North West Wales.
This marks the completion of the first offshore installation phase of the project, the company said in a statement. It explained that the gravity-based structure was towed out to the project site off Holy Island and lowered to the seabed by ballasting its cells with water.
Minesto announced the installation of the bottom joint system for the kite-like tidal power device less than a week ago.
The Swedish firm got a marine licence for a 0.5-MW commercial-scale installation in Holyhead Deep, North Wales, in April 2017. The installation of the device was delayed because the company had to award the foundation contract to a new supplier.
Back in February 2017, Minesto asked for UK consenting authorities’ scoping opinion on the potential development of a 80-MW project at Holyhead Deep.