Manufacturing the Oyster wave energy device

£4m Oyster 800 fabrication contract awarded to Bifab

2 Dec 10

This week we awarded a £4 million contract to Scottish fabrication contractor Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) to build our second Oyster wave power device.

BiFab will build our Oyster 800 wave energy converter over the next six months at their manufacturing plant at Methil on the Firth of Forth in Scotland.  We will begin installation of Oyster 800 at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) near Stromness in Orkney in the summer of 2011.

Scottish Energy Minister Jim Mather welcomed our announcement by saying:

"This is another great example of using the unrivalled potential of our seas to generate clean, green energy and investment in a low carbon Scotland. With Scottish Government financial support, this project will support jobs at BiFab and allow the Oyster technology to be tested, developed and refined at our world class testing centre on Orkney. Working with our enterprise agencies and other partners to develop our full potential, we will make Scotland a global leader in marine energy."

Martin McAdam, our Chief Executive Officer, said:

"This contract demonstrates the jobs dividend that a thriving marine energy industry can create.

"Strong support from both Scottish and UK governments has enabled our company to leverage significant private sector investment, and this is resulting in major manufacturing contracts in Scotland and across the UK.

World-class fabrication contractor

"In selecting BiFab to manufacture our next-generation Oyster device, Aquamarine Power has chosen a world-class fabrication contractor with over 20 years experience in the offshore oil and gas industry.

"Over recent years BiFab has applied its extensive offshore experience to the emerging renewable energy sector. It is this diversification and BiFab's reputation for innovation in its field which has allowed the company to emerge as one of Scotland's leading fabricators.

"Aquamarine Power is keen to support Scotland's manufacturing industry.  The award of this contract will not only guarantee skilled fabrication jobs but will also strengthen Scotland's position as a world-leader in the marine energy industry."

John Robertson, BiFab's Managing Director commented:

"We are delighted to be selected by Aquamarine Power for the manufacture of Oyster 2. We are very impressed with the proactive approach of their management and engineering teams. This is a very exciting product with great potential and we are pleased that the new design will be manufactured by BiFab here in Scotland.

"We look forward to a long term relationship between our companies as Aquamarine Power continues to grow from strength to strength.

Creating manufacturing jobs

"The renewables sector has the potential to create many employment opportunities, and it is products like Oyster that will be key to this. This is a good opportunity for UK manufacturing and supply industries and an opportunity not to be missed."

Lena Wilson, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, said:

"Following equity investment and R&D funding from Scottish Enterprise, Aquamarine Power has continued to make major progress in generating renewable energy from ocean waves, and I am delighted that the next generation of the company's innovative Oyster wave device will be built by BiFab.

"Earlier this year, Scottish Enterprise approved a £6m package of assistance to enable BiFab to expand its operations at Fife Energy Park, so it's fantastic to see this site being used to assist the growth of these two ambitious Scottish companies.

"Scotland has really world-class renewables companies in Aquamarine Power and BiFab, and it's gratifying to see them working together for an even greater impact on the Scottish renewables industry."