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More turbine proposals at Methil Docks have created further controversy.
More turbine proposals at Methil Docks have created further controversy.
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DEVELOPER 2-B Energy is reportedly seeking to expand its interests at Fife Energy Park in a bid to erect a pair of turbine demonstrators.

The Dutch company, which stepped aside to allow Samsung to develop the world’s most powerful turbine at the site later this year, is in talks with the Crown Estate to install two 6MW turbines as soon as 2015.

However, to accommodate a 141 metre-long rotor diameter on the off-shore machines, the company would require to increase the size of its test site located 1.5 km south of Methil.

Meanwhile, campaign group Scotland Against Spin (SAS) has published an artist’s impression (pictured right) of Samsung’s 7MW turbine - which is expected to be given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government soon.

At just under 200 metres high, the turbine will dwarf structures in the area, including the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre at Methil Docks (also pictured).

Graham Lang, Chair of SAS, said: “Even looking at the 110 metre high met mast on site it is hard to imagine how big the Samsung turbine will be.

“It will overwhelm Methil and tower over much of the Fife landscape.

He added: “Forcing this on a largely ignorant public is crass and irresponsible in the extreme, and the Scottish Government and Enterprise Scotland should bow their heads in shame if this application is approved.”