Perhaps not since the old power station was demolished has Methil had such a momentous moment as what happened on Saturday evening.
At around 6.00 p.m. three 83.5-metre blades were lifted from their tugs onto the town’s dockyard by the world’s most powerful crawler crane.
They – along with a rather futuristic-looking white motor – will make up the largest and most powerful installed turbine in the world, which is going to be installed over the next few months by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) – just 45 metres from the Methil shore.
Cutting edge and modern, with its new shiny metal sure to climb into the sky glinting like a beacon, this latest piece of industrial architecture certainly can’t be described as being like something from the oppressive Soviet era – such as its power station predecessor was.
However, whether the community can take to temporarily living under the demonstrator turbine – which should be operational by the end of the year and will stretch up 196m from sea level – for up to five years is another matter entirely.
To help ease the transition, SHI has promised to be as open with the community as possible, starting with an information event at the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre tomorrow (Thursday) from 4.00 p.m. until 8.00 p.m. for anyone wanting to learn more about the project.
On information to be displayed at tomorrow’s event SHI says: “We have chosen to base our European operation at the Energy Park Fife because of the area’s growing energy cluster and the huge opportunities it presents for supply chain companies, particularly those involved in the offshore wind sector.
“We are working very closely with both Fife Council and Scottish Enterprise as we develop this project.
“SHI has made a major investment in Methil and Levenmouth, and our project will help put this area firmly on the map as a major European hub for renewable technology.
“We believe that the visible symbol of our turbine, the most advanced offshore wind technology in the world, will help attract further economic development and jobs for local people.”
A project website has been created which will feature up-to-date news and information on construction progress.
Anyone interested should visit: www.graham.co.uk/samsung.
If you have any further questions you can call the dedicated project hotline on 0800 121 4457.