KOREAN industrial giant Samsung is moving into Fife Energy Park in Methil.
Nineteen staff will move into three offices at the growing park.
The team will lead the development of Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) offshore wind demonstration project, which was announced by the First Minister at the beginning of 2012.
It involves the installation and testing of a 7MW offshore wind turbine at Energy Park Fife over the next five years.
The Korean company’s move into Fife has been warmly welcomed.
Councillor Alex Rowley, leader of Fife Council, said: “It’s an excellent endorsement for Methil and Energy Park Fife that a multi-national business like Samsung Heavy Industries has shown its commitment to Levenmouth by creating its UK offshore wind headquarters in the new Fife Renewables Centre.
‘‘In the longer term, we look forward to working with the company to exploit any opportunities for local businesses in the supply chain and for apprenticeships for our young people.”
Councillor Rowley added: ‘‘We have always been confident in the centre’s ability to attract energy sector business, given its green credentials. This is an exciting time for Fife Renewables Innovation Centre and we are confident that it will continue to play a prominent role in supporting Fife and Scotland’s east coast energy industry.’’
Senior staff from Samsung have already visited the energy park.
Chan Hee Son, UK project manager, said: “We very much look forward to having a long and productive relationship with Fife and working closely with all the public and private sector partners to deliver a successful offshore wind demonstration project.”
Work started on the first phase of the demonstrator project at the end of November as work started on the onshore metrological mast in Energy Park Fife.
Subject to Scottish Government approval, construction of the 196-metre offshore demonstration turbine will begin in spring.
Although a major change in the Fife skyline for the five year period of the consent, it is hoped that this will lead to manufacturing jobs in Methil in the medium term.