The main manufacturing contract for what is being dubbed the “world’s most powerful tidal turbine” has been awarded to the Scotland-based TEXO Group.
In an announcement Tuesday, Orbital Marine Power said the award of the multi-million-pound contract marked the start of “major construction” on the Orbital O2 tidal stream turbine. The TEXO Group will undertake the work at its quayside facilities in the city of Dundee, Orbital said.
The Orbital O2 will use a 73-meter-long “floating superstructure” to support two 1 megawatt (MW) turbines on each side and will have rotor diameters of 20 meters. It’s scheduled to commence operations in 2020.
The development of the Orbital O2 turbine, which…