View of plans for tall turbine

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A PUBLIC exhibition is taking place tomorrow (Thursday) of plans for a wind turbine stretching to 196 metres in height.

Scottish Enterprise is proposing to submit a planning application shortly to build a single offshore prototype wind tubine at the Fife Energy Park in Methil, for a five-year test period.

The public display is taking place at Bayview football stadium between 3pm-7pm.

The exhibition, says energy consultant Arcus Renewables, will be an opportunity to find out more about the development and ask any questions.

Information about the range of environmental studies being undertaken, including computer images illustrating the wind turbine, will be presented.

Although it is a new planning application – which Scottish Enterprise hopes to register with Fife Council by the end of March – there is existing consent for a turbine development at the site.

The Scottish Government previously gave permission for a 185-metre, six-megawatt turbine planned by Dutch company 2-B Energy Ltd., around 20 metres out from the shore.

An Arcus spokesman said many companies around the world were interested in turbine manufacture and, if the application was approved, Scottish Enterprise hoped to attract approaches from a number of them.

The offshore industry was favouring tall turbines in today’s market, he added, which explained the structure’s extreme height.

Among the companies interested in investing in Methil is Samsung, following last month’s announcement that the Korean giant wanted the Levenmouth site to be the test venue for its first offshore wind venture in Europe.