Tell us more about turbine...information event is held

Jonny Kerr (Proj Mgr), left, and Tommy Craven (Site Mgr) - at the open evening (pic by Neil Doig)
Jonny Kerr (Proj Mgr), left, and Tommy Craven (Site Mgr) - at the open evening (pic by Neil Doig)
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More than 60 members of the public attended a public information evening held last week regarding the new Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) wind turbine.

The turbine – which will be one of the largest in the world – is being built just 45 metres from the Methil shore at the Energy Park Fife.

Cllr Tom Adams and Cllr Jim Young join Sangmi Lee from Samsung Heavy Industries at the recent information evening about the new turbine.

Cllr Tom Adams and Cllr Jim Young join Sangmi Lee from Samsung Heavy Industries at the recent information evening about the new turbine.

Construction on the massive structure has already begun, and the blades – which are an enormous 83.5 metres long – arrived at the end of last month.

Representatives from SHI and Graham Construction, which is building the turbine, were on hand at the event, held at the Fife Renewables Innovation centre, to answer questions about the project, which could potentially see the creation of up to 500 jobs in Methil.

Following a successful testing period the company hopes to attract orders which will allow it to build a manufacturing facility at Energy Park Fife.

A spokesperson for SHI said: “It was great to see so many people keen to learn more about the project, which is an important contributor to the local economy.

“We are committed to working with local companies where possible and supporting the local community.”

Leo Martin, director at Graham Construction, said the level of interest in the project was encouraging.

He added: “This is a unique project, and one Graham Construction is tremendously proud to be delivering.

“The scale of the turbine has brought its own challenges, and we are utilising some of the largest and most sophisticated equipment in the world in its construction.”

Among those interested in finding out more about the project was Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the Levenmouth Area Committee, who welcomed the chance for locals to hear first hand about the work.

“This is such a massive project for Methil and Levenmouth,” he said.

“We look forward to seeing the development of this site over the coming months.

Cllr Alistair Hunter added: “We don’t do things by halves in Levenmouth. I dearly hope that this world-beating turbine signifies a new start for the industrial economy of our area. There’s no doubt that’s it’s going to take a bit of getting used to, but it will certainly put Levenmouth on a global map as being open for business.”

Johhny Kerr, project manager from Graham Construction, was at the event to discuss the project with those interested.

He said: “The project is already bringing a number of benefits – we have a lot of staff from the local area and there is a young engineer who is doing a summer placement with us too. Hopefully, when we get it up and going, it will bring further employment to the local community – that’s key to the whole thing.”

Nuala Griffiths is Graham Construction’s community benefits manager for the project and said this was one of the biggest that the company had taken on.

She added: “We’re keen to keep the community informed and that’s why we have the website, which we’ll be updating regularly, a newsletter which will be delivered to local residents, as well as the hotline where messages will come directly to me and the site manager so they can be dealt with ASAP.

“For us, it isn’t just about the project, but the lasting legacy in that particular community.”