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23 Jun 2020

Work Restarts on Mocean Wave Device

23 Jun 2020  by   
Scottish fabricator AJS Production has returned to work to complete a 30-tonne wave power device for Mocean Energy.

The steelwork specialist has split its eight-strong team to comply with Covid-19 rules and allow them to forge ahead with the fabrication of the 20-metre long Blue Star unit.

The half-scale device will be deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney for sea trials prior to generating first power next year.

AJS Production managing director Raymond Imrie said: “We’ve split our workforce into two teams, each working 12 hour shifts three days a week.

One team does Monday, Wednesday, Friday, the other Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. This means we can operate at nearly 90% capacity.

“We’ve just received new monitors which vibrate if workers come withing two metres of each other, and we’re splitting breaks to ensure everyone keeps their distance.

“There is only one of our workers – who is 73 – still on furlough, but we hope he will be back soon.

“It’s really important we keep up with this work for Mocean Energy and continue with other contracts we have in the marine renewable energy sector.”

Mocean Energy managing director Cameron McNatt said: “It is great to see this can-do attitude by Raymond and his team.

“Our nacelle is now nearing completion and has gone to the paint shop, so the AJS team is now working on the main hull.

“We are looking ahead to seeing the whole device being completed and transporting it up to Orkney.

“Clearly we recognise the restrictions in place, and our focus is on doing what we can now, whilst being ready to move forward as soon as regulations allow.”

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