Work starts on Oyster 800

12 Oct 10

This week we started work on our second Oyster wave energy project at the European Marine Energy Centre's (EMEC) Billia Croo test site, near Stromness.

Local construction company Heddle Construction started work onshore this week in preparation for the installation of our second wave energy device - known as Oyster 800 - in the summer of 2011.

Working with local companies

The installation of our Oyster 1 wave power device, which was switched on by Scotland's First Minister in November 2009, generated over £1.5 million expenditure in the Orkney economy.  30 local companies were involved in the installation of Oyster 1, which also took place at Billia Croo, ranging from engineering and construction contractors to environmental consultancies, diving and vessel hire, events organisers and photographers.

Talking to the local Orkney press, Martin McAdam, our Chief Executive Officer said:

"This is a very important time for the marine energy industry and Orkney is right at the centre of this exciting new industry.

Local support

"The people of Orkney have been incredibly welcoming to us since we began developing our first Oyster project at EMEC and we are looking forward to working with the local community on our Oyster 800 project.

"Aquamarine Power's actual expenditure on local contractors and suppliers on our Oyster 1 project came to over £1.5 million.  On our Oyster 800 project that will be significantly more and will represent a significant boost to the local economy."