Scottish Government backs Samsung turbine at Fife Energy Park

Fife Council leader Alex Rowley welcomed Chan Hee Son from Samsung Heavy Industries to Methil in January 2012

Fife Council leader Alex Rowley welcomed Chan Hee Son from Samsung Heavy Industries to Methil in January 2012

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The Scottish Government has given consent for Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) large 7 MW offshore demonstration wind turbine at the Fife Energy Park in Methil.

The major new development, which will test new designs and models for offshore wind turbines to increase the reliability and efficiency of the power they produce, was given the green light today by energy minister Fergus Ewing.

During a recent trip to SHI in South Korea, finance minister John Swinney welcomed the new development as well as funding from Scottish Enterprise to develop the project.

“Today’s announcement marks a significant step forward in establishing a globally competitive supply chain for the offshore wind industry,” he said. “This development, which is being undertaken by SHI with more than £6 million support from Scottish Enterprise, will utilise newly developed technologies which have not yet been deployed offshore - further confirming Scotland’s commitment to innovation in the offshore wind production sector.

“Fife can play a key role in developing knowledge and research in the energy sector. The site at Fife Energy Park offers the ideal location for a cutting edge test centre like this.”

He added: “Not only will this provide a much needed boost to our economy, it will also provide job opportunities for people in our local communities.”

The announcement has been welcomed by Fife Council, which called it a “major milestone” for Methil and Fife.

Commenting, Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the Levenmouth Area Committee, said: “Methil is well placed to be one of the leading centres for the global offshore wind industry, and I am delighted with this confirmation from the Scottish Government that the Samsung offshore wind demonstrator can now be built, just off the Fife Energy Park.”