Atlantis opens Japanese office to serve tidal sector, gain combustion know-how

The AR1500 tidal energy turbine. Source: Lockheed Martin

February 3 (Renewables Now) - SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd (LON:SAE), the company behind Scotland’s MeyGen tidal stream project with a total potential capacity of 398 MW, today announced it has opened an office in Japan.

Atlantis Operations Japan (AOJ) is located in Nagasaki prefecture from where it will manage work under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract the company signed with Kyuden Mirai Energy (KME) in October 2019. The job is tied to a JPY-1.8-billion (USD 16.6m/EUR 15m) demonstration project for which Atlantis will deliver a 500-kW tidal turbine, with the associated balance of plant, as well as the foundation and associated cables.

In addition to working on tidal projects, Atlantis will also use the new office as a base for its combustion technical team when it travels to Japan to witness large-scale combustion testing being conducted for the Uskmouth Power Station conversion project.

“We will be exporting Scottish tidal technology and expertise to Japan as well as importing Japanese combustion technology into the UK,” commented Tim Cornelius, CEO of SIMEC Atlantis Energy. He described Asia as a “virtually untapped market for tidal power.”

This is the company’s first office in Japan, but second in Asia as it already has one in Singapore.

(JPY 100 = USD 0.921/EUR 0.832)

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