orwegian tidal energy firm Hammerfest Strom is awarding GBP4m (USD6.2m) in contracts to build its first 1MW capacity tidal turbine. UK-based Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) is receiving the largest single contract, worth GBP2m (USD3.1m), and will fabricate the sub-structure of the turbine. The remaining contracts are being awarded to undisclosed Scottish firms. Hammerfest will install the tidal energy device at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney next year.
Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab)
ScottishPower, a Hammerfest shareholder, recently submitted an application to install 10 of the firm’s tidal turbines at a tidal energy array in the Sound of Islay, on the west coast of Scotland. ScottishPower is also developing a project in the Pentland Firth which will comprise up to 95 turbines.
In April, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) invested GBP11m (USD17.1m) to acquire a 15% stake in BiFab, which also produces structures and equipment for the offshore wind, oil and gas industries. The firm operates three fabrication facilities in Scotland.
In February, Hammerfest was one of six companies to receive GBP22m (USD34.2m) in grants from the UK’s Carbon Trust to further develop marine energy technologies. Other shareholders of the firm include Andritz Hydro, Statoil and Hammerfest Energi.