Scottish marine power technology developer Aquamarine Power has partnered with UK marine drilling specialist Fugro Seacore to install the foundations for its next-generation Oyster 2 wave energy technology in Scotland.
The £3m contract has been welcomed by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, who visited the Falmouth-based drilling company this week.
‘This is good news for the British marine energy sector – from here in Falmouth to Orkney where the Oyster device will be deployed,’ Huhne said.
The contract will see the drilling company install the foundation system for the latest Oyster device later this year.
Seacore will begin by installing steep piles for three Oyster devices to be located in Billia Croo near Stromness in Orkney.
Aquamarine said it plans to install the first Oyster device this year, followed by the other two devices next year, which will form a 2.4MW array connected to an onshore generating plant.
Aquamarine is a returning customer for Seacore, which previously installed piles for Aquamarine Power’s first Oyster 1 device in the same location.
The marine power company recently secured £11m from global power company ABB and other investors.
Huhne said, ‘As we face oil prices beyond $100 a barrel and the clearest evidence yet of the physical dangers to the UK of man-made climate change, innovations such as the Oyster are the sure-fire insurance policy with a big economic dividend.
‘Marine energy has the potential to sustain growth, quality employment and skills in the south-west and the UK’s wider, fast-developing low carbon economy. The coalition is determined to ensure this potential is realised.’
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