Tidal mooring deal
A mooring solution will help the world’s first floating tidal energy array perform well.
This year, Scottish renewable energy firm, Sustainable Marine will deliver the first development phase of the Pempa’q In-stream Tidal Energy Project, located in the Bay of Fundy on the east coast of Canada
The first phase consists of a 420kw PLAT-I tidal energy platform, and Norway-based Seasystems has been commissioned to supply adjustable mooring tensioners. Lying on the seabed, these are attached to the anchors that hold the power station in place in the strong tidal current – connecting the anchor chains with the anchors.
Seasystems MD, Torkjell Lisland, said: “This is the first mooring contract we (have) secured within floating tidal power, representing an important breakthrough for the company.”
Teaming up with Swift Anchors
Seasystems has joined forces with Swift Anchors, a division of Sustainable Marine, in developing a unique hybrid mooring connector and anchor solution, specifically targeting wave, tidal, floating wind, floating solar, ocean thermal energy conversion, deep water aquaculture and other challenging anchor applications. This new solution, applied to the Pempa’q project, involves the integration of Seasystems’ adjustable mooring tensioners with Swift Anchors’ broad anchor product portfolio – including groutless rock Anchors, screw anchors, drag embedment anchors and grouted self-drilling piles.
When completed, the project will provide up to 9MW of electricity to the province’s power grid. This is enough to power around 3,000 homes and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.