Orbital awards fabrication contract for tidal turbine anchors

8 August 2019

Orbital Marine Power Ltd has announced that FAUN Trackway will manufacture four steel anchor structures, along with bespoke mooring connectors, for its new O2 tidal turbine, 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 SR2000 turbine and will have the ability to generate in excess of 2MW. The new anchors will be manufactured at FAUN Trackway’s facilities in Llangefni, North Wales.

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.”

“We’re excited to get involved and provide value to this great project,” added Gareth Williams, Engineering Manager for FAUN Trackway. “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”.


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