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PRESS RELEASE: Orbital Marine Power awards manufacturing contract for O2 tidal turbine to TEXO Group

Orbital Marine Power Ltd (Orbital), the world’s leading developer of floating tidal stream turbines, have awarded the main manufacturing contract for the company’s first commercial O2 tidal turbine to Scottish based TEXO Group who will carry out the work at their quayside facilities in Dundee.

The multi-million-pound contract marks the start of major construction for the company’s new tidal turbine, the O2, which builds on the hugely successful 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 later next year (2020) as part of a long term project at EMEC and features several innovations focused on further reducing the cost of energy from the company’s disruptive technology.

Andrew Scott, Orbital’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “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.”

“The results that we achieved with the SR2000 over the past two years are a convincing validation of our low-cost approach to generating clean, predictable power from tidal stream energy. The Orbital team are really excited to be building on that success with the O2 which we are confident will further reduce costs and cement our position at the forefront of this exciting new renewable sector.”

Robert Dalziel, Managing Director, TEXO Group, 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.”

Robert added: “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.”

John Alexander, Leader, 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, one of the largest peer-to-peer debentures in UK history. The project also benefits from previously offered market support for the sector via the Renewable Obligation.

Speaking on this Andrew Scott added: “We are really pleased to have such strong endorsement from the wider UK public of our vision for tidal energy which bridges both an industrial opportunity and a low carbon opportunity. And we hope the UK Government will work constructively with us towards creating a wider future market opportunity to harness our fantastic tidal energy resources, in turn creating an entirely new domestic low carbon generating industry with sustainable export capabilities.”

 

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Representatives or Orbital Marine Power, Texo Group, Dundee City Council and Port of Dundee at Texo's Dundee Facility

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Media contacts at Orbital Marine Power:

James Murray, Business Development Manager: 01856 851641 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul Taylor, Taylor Keogh Communications: 020 8392 8250 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Scottish media enquiries, David Budge: 0141 249 0396 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media contacts at Texo Group

Ryan Smith, Group Marketing Manager: +44(0)7748 402542 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editor:

About Orbital Marine Power Ltd.

  • Orbital Marine Power Ltd is an innovative Scottish engineering company focused on the development of a tidal energy turbine technology capable of producing a step-change reduction in the cost of energy from tidal currents. The company’s novel floating technology offers a low-cost solution for simplified and safe manufacture, installation, access and maintenance along with the ability to use low cost, small workboats for all offshore operations. The company currently employs 30 staff with offices in Orkney and Edinburgh.
  • The Orbital technology has been under continuous engineering development, including rigorous testing of scaled systems in both tank conditions and open ocean environments, since the company was founded in Orkney in 2002. Orbital were the first company in the world to successfully grid connect a floating tidal turbine in 2011 with their 250kW scale system which was operated at EMEC.
  • In 2016 the company launched the SR2000, the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine. The SR2000 produced in excess of 3GWh of electricity over its initial 12 month continuous test programme. At the time this represented more power from a single turbine than had been generated cumulatively by the wave and tidal sector in Scotland over the 12 years prior to the launch of the O2.
  • The Orbital O2 will comprise of a 73m long floating superstructure, supporting two 1 MW turbines at either side for a nameplate power output of 2MW, at a tidal current speed of 2.5 m/s. With rotor diameters of 20m, it will have a 600sq metre rotor area, the largest ever on a single tidal generating platform to date.
  • In October 2018 Orbital opened a £7m crowd funding debenture on the London-based Abundance Investment platform to support the build of the O2 turbine with the target being met inside 10 weeks.
  • The O2 project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the FloTEC project (grant agreement No. 691916) and the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg North West Europe Programme under the ITEG project.
  • This project has also received support under the framework of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND project, with funding provided by national / regional sources and co-funding by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme.
  • Orbital Marine Power Limited (formerly called Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited) is a privately held company, main shareholders are the McGrath Group headed by Scottish entrepreneur Matt McGrath and Scottish Enterprise via the Energy Investment Fund.

About Texo Group Limited.

Texo is an award-winning technology-led engineering group. The Group’s development has been based on challenging the status quo and the traditional architecture of EPC companies, with their fragmented supply chains, redesigning the model to make it client-centric. It has done this by assembling a hand-picked team of industry specialists looking at new processes and technologies to help clients to operate, manage and extend the safe working life of their assets. Based on the above model, the company has formed eight operational business units:

  • Texo Engineering
  • Texo Fabrication
  • Texo Integrity+
  • Texo Marine
  • Texo CFS
  • Texo Accommodation
  • Texo Compliance
  • Texo Resources

Texo’s integrated iEPC (Inspection, Engineering, Procurement and Construction) offering, blends services from the above operational business units to deliver an all-encompassing turnkey design and build engineering solutions for mission critical sectors. Texo’s solution provides not just the range, but the depth of service and delivers asset lifecycle support – from front end design, through to engineering, fabrication, installation, accommodation, repair, maintenance, commissioning, and ultimately decommissioning.

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PRESS RELEASE: Orbital Marine Power places O2 tidal turbine anchor fabrication contract with FAUN Trackway Limited.

Orbital Marine Power Ltd (Orbital), the world’s leading developers of floating tidal stream turbines, have selected FAUN Trackway® to manufacture the anchors for their new O2 tidal turbine at FAUN Trackway®’s facilities in Llangefni, North Wales.

As pace gathers around the manufacture of the O2 turbine FAUN Trackway® have been engaged to manufacture four steel anchor structures, along with bespoke mooring connectors, that will be installed in the Fall of Warness, Orkney where Orbital have an existing berth and grid connection with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

The O2 is an optimised version of Orbital’s hugely successful SR2000 turbine and with an ability to generate in excess of 2MW the O2, like the SR2000 before it, will become the world’s most powerful tidal turbine when it enters operation later in 2020 at EMEC.

Commenting on the contract award Orbital CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “This is a transformational project for Orbital, and for the tidal sector, and these anchors will have the important job of holding the O2 on station so it can generate gigawatt hours of clean, predictable power from the strong tides we have around Orkney – so we are delighted to be engaging the experience and precision of FAUN Trackway® for this critical supply.”

Gareth Williams, Engineering Manager for FAUN Trackway®, said: “We’re excited to get involved and provide value to this great project. The manufacture of the anchor structures and bespoke mooring connections will fully utilise our design for manufacture (DFM), engineering and production methodologies to provide a cost effective solution for Orbital. Components will be manufactured, tested, inspected and coated to stringent DNV standards to ensure the high integrity components stand the test of time”.

David Jones, Director for Marine Energy Wales, said: “This is another example of how the marine energy sector is providing supply chain companies across the UK with diversification opportunities. It is really positive to see FAUN moving into this innovative low carbon sector successfully and for Welsh companies to be supporting world leading UK tidal developers.”

Whilst these anchors are destined for Scottish waters Orbital are also berth holders at the Morlais tidal energy project venture off Anglesey in North Wales which is seeking to provide a route to larger arrays of tidal turbines. Speaking of the future opportunity Scott said: “This first O2 build is demonstrating the industrial opportunities that can be captured and grown by a UK supply chain if commercial projects like Morlais come to fruition, and we look forward to working with UK Government to help realise that.”

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Media contacts at Orbital Marine Power:

James Murray, Business Development Manager: 01856 851641 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul Taylor, Taylor Keogh Communications: 020 8392 8250 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Scottish media enquiries, David Budge: 0141 249 0396 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media contacts at FAUN Trackway®

Rachel Roberts, Head of Marketing, 01248 725 311 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Notes to editor:

About Orbital Marine Power Ltd.

  • Orbital Marine Power Ltd is an innovative Scottish engineering company focused on the development of a tidal energy turbine technology capable of producing a step-change reduction in the cost of energy from tidal currents. The company’s novel floating technology offers a low-cost solution for simplified and safe manufacture, installation, access and maintenance along with the ability to use low cost, small workboats for all offshore operations. The company currently employs 30 staff with offices in Orkney and Edinburgh.
  • The Orbital technology has been under continuous engineering development, including rigorous testing of scaled systems in both tank conditions and open ocean environments, since the company was founded in Orkney in 2002. Orbital were the first company in the world to successfully grid connect a floating tidal turbine in 2011 with their 250kW scale system which was operated at EMEC.
  • In 2016 the company launched the SR2000, the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine. The SR2000 produced in excess of 3GWh of electricity over its initial 12 month continuous test programme. At the time this represented more power from a single turbine than had been generated cumulatively by the wave and tidal sector in Scotland over the 12 years prior to the launch of the O2.
  • The Orbital O2 will comprise of a 73m long floating superstructure, supporting two 1 MW turbines at either side for a nameplate power output of 2MW, at a tidal current speed of 2.5 m/s. With rotor diameters of 20m, it will have a 600sq metre rotor area, the largest ever on a single tidal generating platform to date.
  • In October 2018 Orbital opened a £7m crowd funding debenture on the London-based Abundance Investment platform to support the build of the O2 turbine with the target being met inside 10 weeks.
  • The O2 project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the FloTEC project (grant agreement No. 691916) and the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg North West Europe Programme under the ITEG project.
  • This project has also received support under the framework of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND project, with funding provided by national / regional sources and co-funding by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme.
  • Orbital Marine Power Limited (formerly called Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited) is a privately held company, main shareholders are the McGrath Group headed by Scottish entrepreneur Matt McGrath and Scottish Enterprise via the Energy Investment Fund.

About FAUN Trackway.

FAUN Trackway Limited (FAUN Trackway®), is a division of the KIRCHHOFF Group. Originally Lairds (Anglesey) Ltd, the company boasts a unique heritage in bespoke manufacturing projects. Providing premium products and tailored solutions across an array of industries, FAUN Trackway® specialises in design engineering, bespoke fabrications, painting, and welding through their three sectors Trackway® Defence, Trackway® Access and Trackway® Engineering.

About Morlais Tidal Project.

The Morlais Tidal Energy Project is being developed with part funding by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, to facilitate commercial deployments of a range of tidal energy technologies and has the potential to create one of the largest tidal stream energy sites in the world.   Menter Môn was first awarded rights to develop the site from the Crown Estate in 2014.  The Morlais project has secured a grid connection offer and following completion of environmental assessments, a consent application is due to be submitted in Autumn 2019.  

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PRESS RELEASE: Made in Scotland Award Winner

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Orbital Marine Power was named as the Insider Made in Scotland Award winner 2019 at the 4th annual awards event in the Glasgow Science Centre last night for their pioneering work in developing a world leading tidal energy technology.  

Andrew Scott, CEO of Orbital, attending the awards said:

"We are honoured and delighted with this recognition for an achievement built on a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication from the team in Orbital over many years. And we are excited to  already be working on the next chapter of our Made in Scotland journey, in the build of the commercial O2 turbine; confident it will bring about the start of a global tidal energy industry".

The independent judging panel said of Orbital that “The company excels in an important sector and builds on the strengths of engineering in Scotland and looks to the future”.

The judges also said that it “demonstrates innovation in more than one way” and that “Orbital has a technology which is eminently scalable anywhere”.

The Business Insider Made in Scotland Awards in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre champions all aspects of transformational discoveries and developments made in Scotland.

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PRESS RELEASE: Young Professional Green Energy Awards Nomination

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Orbital Marine Power’s Lead Technician, Ryan Doull, has been shortlisted for the ‘Project Development Award’ at the Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2019.

Joining Orbital as an electrical technician during the build of the SR2000 2MW, he quickly progressed to Lead Electrical Technician, and as a result of his attention to detail and hard work is now leading a technical team across a range of disciplines.

Dan Wise, Orbital’s Head of Offshore Operations said:

“From the outset, Ryan showed an eagerness to take on additional responsibility, and his leadership skills were clearly apparent. Ryan has demonstrated a versatile approach to his career being equally happy working in harsh offshore environments and became a key member of the Operations and Maintenance team during the SR2000 project.”

Throughout 2019, Ryan has been contributing to construction and operations planning for Orbital’s upcoming commercial model, the O2 2MW to support optimisations in the turbine’s assembly, outfitting and maintenance processes.

The awards ceremony will take place on the 30th May in Glasgow.

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Full awards detail here:

https://www.scottishrenewables.com/events/ypgea19/finalists2019/