James Fisher to work on tidal turbine project

James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has won a new contract under which the company will provide integrated marine and subsea services during Phase 1a of the world’s first multi-turbine tidal stream energy project in Scotland.

The company has signed five-year preferred operations and maintenance (O&M) supplier agreement with Atlantis at the MeyGen Tidal Energy Project in the inner sound of the Pentland Firth.

Three turbines have been supplied by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest and a fourth by Atlantis, each with rated power of 1.5 mW. JFMS will install and connect three of the turbines later this year.

The company will also supply the services of its HF4 tidal energy vessel to MeyGen for offshore O&M at the project, subject to terms.

The HF4 vessel has a dynamic positioning system and can maintain its station in currents of up to 10 knots, which are encountered at the MeyGen site.

Phase 1a of the MeyGen Tidal Energy Project will run for 25 years, after which it will either be decommissioned or “re-energised”.

Once the first phase has been completed, MeyGen plan to continue to build-out the project’s lease site to its full 398 mW capacity at the Pentland Firth site.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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