Introduction to the MeyGen Project
MeyGen, which is written in full as MeyGen tidal energy project is a project which is owned and being run by Tidal Power Scotland Limited and Scottish Enterprise, this project makes use of four 1.5MW turbines with 16m rotor diameter turbines submerged on the seabed.
The “Mey” in the name “MeyGen” was gotten from the nearby “Castle of Mey”, while the “Gen” was gotten from “Generation” in October 2010 and was created by a consortium of Atlantis Resources Limited, Morgan Stanley and an operational lease was received from the Crown Estate to a 400 MW project for 25 years. Currently, both Phase 1a and Phase 1b are under construction and commissioning with a total of eight 1.5 MW turbines planned. In 2018, construction and deployment will commence on Phase 1c which will be 49 turbines with the rest of the project aiming to be fully deployed by 2021.
It was announced in December 2016 that the first turbine had begun full power operations and all four turbines were installed by February 2017.
MeyGen Phase 1A
MeyGen Phase 1A is the first phase of the MeyGen project. As part of the MeyGen’s “deploy and monitor strategy”, the MeyGen Phase 1A involves the deployment of 4 No. 1.5MW turbines installed on gravity turbine support structures and also, it will act as a precursor to the development of the remaining consented 86MW project. The intent of this project is to demonstrate that the development of tidal array projects is both commercially viable and technically feasible with the invaluable lessons gotten from the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of this first phase of the project fed into successive phases of the whole project.
MeyGen Phase 1B
This phase of the project aims to deploy an additional four 1.5MW turbines installed on innovative foundations. The project which is a key enabler for future phases of deployment, by demonstrating the use of technologies will significantly reduce the “Levelised Cost of Energy” (LOCE) from tidal generation.
MeyGen Phase 1C
Atlantis is in possession of full consent, all necessary permission and grid capacity for this phase (MeyGen Phase 1C). An additional forty-nine 73.5 MW turbines at an estimated cost of £420m will be built at MeyGen, with installation commencing in 2019. The project aims to be transformational for the tidal energy industry and to provide the necessary scale to justify the establishment of turbine manufacturing facilities at Global Energy’s facility in Nigg Energy Park.
Phase 2 and 3
At the moment, the MeyGen offshore lease allows up to 398MW of tidal stream capacity to be installed within the site, even though MeyGen only has grid capacity for up to 252MW presently but then, the site is capable of supporting the full project buildout.
The difference of 146MW implies a potential Phase 3 project, which is subject to grid connection, turbine availability and speed of installation and is scheduled for deployment following completion of Phase 2. Successive phases of the MeyGen project will provide commercial investment opportunities for major equity and debt providers, infrastructure and pension funds who currently invest in other forms of renewable energy such as offshore wind.
What Positive Impact does the MeyGen Project have on the Green Energy and the People in the UK?
The MeyGen tidal energy project has too many benefits to offer the people of UK, which is the intent of this article.
Firstly, the MeyGen tidal energy project is a crucial stepping stone on the path towards fully unlocking the nation’s tidal energy potential over the long term.
Also, the MeyGen tidal energy project places both Scotland and the UK on the map of the world as a global leader in the marine technology, such that there are creations of more jobs, better energy security and higher chances of exporting this kind of technology to the whole world.
Another benefit the MeyGen tidal energy project will offer is that in the whole wide world, it will be the biggest tidal stream array, such that it will be capable of providing enough electricity for 175,000 homes and 100 ‘green jobs’ when completed.
Again, the MeyGen tidal energy project is going to expand the knowledge and deepen the understanding of the UK people of how tides behave under the waves because there are a large number of tidal stream powers available worldwide. Obviously, this project is going to move the industry reasonably forward.
Despite the tidal power industry being at its inception stage, the early developments promise delivering clean power on a commercial scale. Hence, the people of UK should employ their possible best in ensuring the MeyGen tidal energy project comes to a great reality.