“World’s largest and most powerful turbine”

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Construction of Samsung’s offshore wind turbine at Methil has taken a major step forward with the arrival of the structure’s foundation jacket.

The steel jacket was transported by barge to Fife Energy Park from Renfrew, where it was fabricated by Steel Engineering Ltd.

Councillor Tom Adams, chair of Levenmouth Area Committee, commented: “All the component parts of the turbine are now in place and over the next five weeks the local community will start to see a very visible symbol of the regeneration of the area as the largest turbine in the world is assembled.”

The jacket will be installed 50m offshore from the park and fitted with a steel transition piece which will support the turbine.

A spokesman for Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) development team said: “The arrival of the jacket is an important milestone in this exciting project and we are delighted by its safe arrival on site.

“The focus for us now is completing the construction of the prototype turbine as soon as possible so we can get testing underway.”

The installation of the jacket will be carried out by Graham Construction, the principal contractors on the project.

Project manager Jonny Kerr said: “People will really start to see the turbine take shape once the foundation jacket has been installed.

“The project has been going well and we have completed the marine works, transported and offloaded components from quay side, finished piling works and installed the access bridge from the shore.

“We look forward to the next major milestone, which will see the turbine sections erected, rotor blades fitted and the project construction nearing its final stages.”