Spring 2017

Success for JFMS in cutting-edge tidal project

JFMS and Mojo Maritime celebrate the completion of early construction at MeyGen’s tidal energy project in Scotland.

Over the last 18 months, James Fisher group companies have been closely involved in the preparatory construction of MeyGen’s tidal energy project site in Scotland’s Pentland Firth. But now the fourth and final tidal stream turbine has been successfully deployed in record time - less than 60 minutes.

This marks the completion of a brave and exciting mission to create the world’s first tidal energy field in extremely challenging conditions.

Richard Argall, managing director of projects at James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) says:

‘Tidal stream projects always provide a challenge and MeyGen has been no exception. They are situated in areas where tidal forces are at their strongest - the kind of place mariners tend to avoid. It can be a bit like erecting a wind turbine in a hurricane so there is never any room for error.

‘With MeyGen we were operating in tight tidal windows and it’s a testament to the great team that despite the conditions we were able to complete the work on schedule. MeyGen is an important project with implications for the development of the wider tidal energy sector and we are pleased to have played our part in getting this project off the ground.’

James Fisher companies came together to successfully complete the work on the turbine and cable installation with Mojo Maritime and JF Subsea working closely on the project.

Since being acquired by James Fisher in 2015, Mojo has sealed its reputation as a world leader in the tidal energy construction market. This has included the pioneering use of DP 2 vessels. Although traditionally used in the offshore oil and gas sector, these have been specially configured by Mojo for use on tidal energy projects. Mojo also provided three bespoke tidal turbine launch and recovery systems for use in high energy tidal sites to cope with the demanding environment.

To date, the teams have successfully executed tidal energy operations in some of the most challenging seas in the world, with these skills deployed not only in the UK but also in France, through Mojo’s French subsidiary.

The company has also recently been selected by American wave energy company, GWave to provide engineering services for the installation of its inaugural power generation device. Work is scheduled to begin in 2018 on the hardware, which claims to generate up to 9MW of energy and will be the first wave energy device of its kind to be used in Europe. It will be based at the Wave Hub test site in Cornwall.

During 2017 Mojo Maritime and JF Subsea, along with recently acquired HSSE are being rebranded together as James Fisher Marine Services to provides a single point of contact for the tidal energy sector as it moves through pilot arrays to full-scale commercial deployments. This rebranding will enable the companies to work more closely together, and share expertise.

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