20 February 2017

Mojo Maritime completes landmark tidal turbine installation at MeyGen

Landmark 15th tidal turbine installation completed as Mojo begins its transition to James Fisher Marine Services.

Mojo Maritime, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has completed its landmark 15th tidal turbine installation, cementing its reputation as a world leading tidal array constructor.

The milestone installation, which coincides with Mojo’s rebranding to James Fisher Marine Services Ltd (JFMS), was completed at the MeyGen tidal energy site, located in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth, Scotland. It is the fourth and final tidal turbine installation for phase 1a of the project, for which JFMS was awarded principal contractor status two years ago.

John Goddard, JFMS’s senior project manager, said of the achievement:

Not only have we hit a monumental milestone as a company, we have completed installation of the fourth tidal turbine at MeyGen. MeyGen has been a fantastic, innovative and forward thinking project to work on and we’re excited for what the future holds!”

Since being acquired by James Fisher and Sons plc group in 2015, Mojo has come to be seen as the architect of world leading techniques, skills, products and services for the tidal energy construction market. This has included the pioneering use of DP 2 vessels - traditionally used in the offshore oil and gas sector – specially configured by Mojo for use on tidal energy projects, and the provision of three bespoke tidal turbine launch and recovery systems (LARS) for use in high energy tidal sites to cope with the demanding environment.

The development and use of these types of tools - specifically for the tidal energy industry - is unique to Mojo, notes technical director Richard Argall:

“By lending our offshore expertise and engineering design skills to tidal energy products, we can help the developer focus on power generation and reliability, safe in the knowledge their construction is efficiently being taken care of.” 

Over the years Mojo’s experience has grown, becoming the knowledge centre for executing tidal energy operations in some of the most challenging seas in the world, a reputation that has been reinforced by working with leading tidal energy developers for the installation and retrieval of turbines, including; Marine Current Turbines, Voith, Atlantis Resources, Tidal Energy Limited, Sabella and Minesto.

These skills, experiences and capabilities have been deployed not only in the UK but also in France, through Mojo’s French subsidiary, which will be retaining the Mojo Maritime France title. Recent work in France saw Mojo Maritime France lead with the retrieval of Sabella’s D10 tidal turbine, which saw the company recognised for its expertise developing innovative and robust solutions for the complex project.

Looking to the future, Mojo Maritime UK’s rebrand to James Fisher Marine Services during 2017, where it will be joined by James Fisher Subsea and Hughes SSE, provides an ideal opportunity for the company to continue leading the tidal energy sector as it moves through pilot arrays to full scale commercial deployments.