Commencing installation of Oyster wave energy device in Orkney

Aquamarine Power prepares for second Oyster installation

20 Jun 11

We took the first step towards installation of our second full-scale Oyster wave energy converter last week with the arrival of the 'Excalibur' jack-up barge in Orkney.

The vessel is now stationed at the European Marine Energy Centre's (EMEC) Billia Croo site, where Oyster will be installed later this summer. The jack-up barge will now begin drilling piles into the seabed to provide the foundation for the second generation device.

The Oyster device is due to arrive in Orkney in late July.  The device has been manufactured by Burntisland Fabrications at its Methil and Arnish yards.  The fully-fabricated Oyster will be transported from Methil to EMEC by barge in July.

The next phase of installation will see Oyster being fixed to the seabed piles around 500 metres from shore.  This will be followed by a commissioning process which will see the device connected to an onshore hydro-electric generator via subsea pipelines.

Work has been ongoing onshore at Billia Croo since October last year when preparation for the directional drilling of the subsea pipelines began.  These pipelines were successfully completed in May.