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MeyGen company appoints new chief executive

By Gordon Calder

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THE company behind the MeyGen tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth has a new boss.

On Monday, Graham Reid takes over the role as chief executive from Tim Cornelius, who held the post for 15 years but is now to become a senior adviser with the Simec Atlantis Energy group.

Mr Reid (59) has extensive experience in the energy industry and has been a director or partner in Renewable Energy Holdings Ltd, Vectra (Middle East) Ltd and Arcadis Gulf Ltd. He was also on Network Rail’s project delivery board for the London Bridge station development.

He said: “Simec Atlantis is a recognised pioneer in the development and operation of renewable and sustainable energy projects and I am relishing the opportunity to work with the Atlantis team to progress our exciting marine energy and hydro portfolios.”

Mr Cornelius said: “It has been a privilege to be a part of the Atlantis journey so far, and I very much look forward to being able to continue my association with the wonderful group of people.”

Atlantis chairman, John Neill, said: "On behalf of the board I would like to thank Tim for his contribution to the Company over the past 15 years and for agreeing to remain as a senior advisor. We are pleased that we will continue to benefit from his domain knowledge, experience and relationships built up over many years."

He described Mr Reid as "an experienced corporate leader with a proven track record of successful project management and delivery and added: "His skills are very well suited to ensure the safe and timely delivery of our flagship projects. "

Bill Mowat, a director of Gills Harbour Ltd, which provides marine services for MeyGen, said Caithness will "always owe a debt of gratitude to Tim" for his commitment and work in tidal energy.

He added: "We look forward to meeting Mr Reid on one of his early visits to Gills Bay as we very much want good neighbourliness and co-operation to continue as plans for a major linked £30 million computer data process centre here take shape."

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