Tidal Turbine to be manufactured

Orbital O2 Tidal Turbine will be manufactured in Dundee

Contract for its first commercial O2 tidal stream turbine to Scottish based TEXO Group.

Scottish company Texo Group has been awarded a “multi-million pound” contract by Orbital Marine Power to manufacture to latter’s 2MW O2 tidal stream turbine.

The unit, a successor to the 2MW SR2000 machine, will be made at Texo’s quayside facilities in Dundee.

The contract marks the start of major construction for the company’s new tidal stream turbine, the O2, which builds on the 2MW SR2000 turbine which generated over 3GWh in its first year of testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.

The O2, capable of generating over 2MW from tidal stream resources, will become the world’s most powerful tidal turbine when it enters operation in 2020 as part of a long term project at EMEC.

Texo Group managing director Robert Dalziel said: “We are proud and privileged to be awarded this prestigious contract. The O2 is a pioneering project that will transform the future of tidal energy on a global scale and will be a showcase for the very best in Scottish engineering.”

“Our team has a wealth of experience in marine engineering with particular expertise in offshore oil and gas – this project enables us to showcase our vast capabilities for the offshore renewables sector.” 

Orbital chief executive Andrew Scott added: “This is a flagship engineering project for the emerging tidal sector and we are delighted to be working with TEXO Group to showcase the very capable supply chain we are fortunate to have around us in Scotland and the wider UK.”

John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council, said: “This announcement is a huge boost for the city, both in terms of economic benefit and confidence in our facilities and workforce. Following significant investments by a number of companies already this year, this is another example of the hard work that has gone into bringing renewables jobs and investment to Dundee paying off. We have a good track record in this hugely important sector and we are strategically well positioned to supply the coastal infrastructure, world leading supply chain and skills needed to deliver high quality, sustainable jobs to the city that pay the Living Wage and offer future opportunities for our young people, but not at a cost to the environment.”

David Webster, senior port manager, Port of Dundee added: “This project demonstrates the capacity of the Port of Dundee to handle major renewable energy projects and the flexibility to work with our partners here in the port to make initiatives such as the O2 become a reality. We are thrilled to be working alongside TEXO Group on this project and we look forward to seeing the O2 taking shape here at the Port of Dundee.”

The O2 project has been financed in a number of ways including EU Horizon 2020 funding and a £7m crowdfunding bond, which Orbital successfully raised at the start of the year. The project also benefits from previously offered market support for the sector via the Renewable Obligation, said Orbital.

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