December 5 (Renewables Now) - SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd (LON:SAE) has agreed a EUR-1-million (USD 1.1m) grant for turbine upgrades that will enable proceeding with its expansion of the MeyGen tidal energy array in Scotland.
The grant agreement was signed with the European Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). It will provide SIMEC Atlantis and its supply chain partner Asturfeito SAU with funding to support a turbine development programme that is needed to utilise the subsea hub and shared export cable for the next phase of MeyGen.
As previously announced, SIMEC Atlantis plans to install two new, bigger turbines to lift to 10 MW the capacity of the existing system under MeyGen. The additional turbines, each capable of generating up to 2 MW, will have more powerful generators and larger rotor diameters than the four turbines already installed south of the island of Stroma. The so-called Project Stroma extension includes building a new subsea connection hub.
According to the latest announcement, it is a two-year project that should start in January 2019.
The existing MeyGen system represents phase 1A of a much bigger project, planned to one day reach 398 MW.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.134)