Minesto wraps up 2nd offshore installation phase at Holyhead Deep
Constructions vessels carrying tether, upper part of the bottom joint and umbilical to Minesto's DG500 system. Photographer: Rob Johnson / Film Up High
Swedish tidal energy company Minesto AB announced on Monday it has concluded the second offshore installation phase of its DG500 project in the Holyhead Deep off North West Wales.
The company said it has installed a micro grid system (MGS) buoy along with the tether, holding power and data communications cables, and the umbilical connecting the device with the MGS buoy. This puts an end to balance of plant installation works at the project site.
In phase one, which was completed earlier this month, Minesto installed the whole gravity-based structure for its DG500 device.
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.