Oyster 800 commences operational testing

14 Jun 12 - Martin McAdam, Chief Executive Officer

Oyster 800 commences operational testing

As you can see from the picture above, we have now begun operational testing of our Oyster 800 wave energy machine.  The device is installed at the European Marine Energy Centre's test site at Billia Croo near Stromness in Orkney.

The latches holding the Oyster 800 onto its seabed frame were released last Thursday, and the top of the device is now visible above the surface of the sea. Prior to this, the machine had been ballasted onto the seabed to allow construction and commissioning work to be carried out.

This is a key step in the commissioning process of the Oyster 800. In the coming weeks we will test each component including the hydraulic and electrical power systems to ensure safe and reliable operation.

I would like to thank our talented and hard-working team at Aquamarine Power and also our shareholders, in particular ABB, SSE and Scottish Enterprise and also the UK and Scottish governments for enabling us to reach this important milestone.