Foundation set to begin on turbine

THE contract to build a foundation for the world’s largest offshore turbine at Methil has been awarded to subsea specialist FoundOcean.

The firm, which was appointed by Graham Construction, is expected to start work next month and complete the job in two phases at Fife Energy Park.

The demonstration turbine, which is the world’s first 7MW model, is being developed by Samsung Heavy Industries.

Each blade, measuring over 80 metres, is longer than the wingspan of an Airbus A380, making them the longest ever installed to date.

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing said: “Increasingly, Scotland is recognised as a centre of expertise for the next generation of offshore wind energy technologies, and Fife can play a key role in developing knowledge and research in the energy sector. Not only will this development provide a much needed boost to our economy, but more than 500 jobs could be created in Fife through this £100m project to develop a new generation 7MW wind turbine.”

FoundOcean will firstly grout four piles into approximately 30m-deep pre-drilled rock sockets. The second stage involves grouting the annuli between the jacket’s stab in legs and piles, forming the connection.