|10 December 2015|

Scotland’s position in the tidal power industry has been strengthened by a new five-year collaborative agreement reached between Atlantis and JDR Cable Systems (JDR).

A global leader in the tidal power sector, Atlantis has joined forces with technology development company, JDR, in a deal that could see a subsea cable R&D facility being established in Scotland to support the Atlantis portfolio of tidal power projects in the country.

JDR is headquartered in Edinburgh and has offices across the UK. It is a market leader in designing and supplying subsea cable solutions.

The collaboration will work to develop solutions for storage, installation, monitoring, connection, termination and testing of offshore subsea cables as well as advancing the engineering design of the cables.

Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis, said: “I am delighted to have entered this collaboration agreement with JDR.  Building on a strong partnership forged during the construction phase of Phase 1A, this agreement will have a positive impact on all of our future project developments, the first of these being the 6MW Phase 1B of MeyGen which we are aspirant of commencing construction in 2016. JDR supplied the subsea cables for MeyGen Phase 1A, which remains on track to execute its final offshore installation and commissioning program in 2016.

“By working with JDR we hope to benefit from optimum cable design, ensuring that the cable supply chain is established and achieving a reduction in costs for the entire tidal industry.”

 David Currie, CEO of JDR, said: “On behalf of JDR, I am delighted to form this collaboration partnership with Atlantis. Our execution efforts around the MeyGen project have been to deliver a successful campaign and project for Atlantis while ensuring the highest standards of subsea power cabling in terms of HSE, quality and innovation.

“I am excited to support the collaboration of the JDR and Atlantis teams in our endeavours to focus on cost reduction and reliability of cable development for this important sector of offshore energy.”