Methil turbine site visit

Samsung Heavy Industries Wind Turbine site with Mountfleurie Primary School and Cllr Tom Adams
Samsung Heavy Industries Wind Turbine site with Mountfleurie Primary School and Cllr Tom Adams
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A very lucky group of schoolchildren were given an exclusive tour of the new Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) turbine site at methil last week.

The primary 7 class from Mountfleurie Primary were able to get up close to the blades and trunk of the turbine, which will be the largest in the world, and saw exactly where the massive structure will be built, just off the coast at the Energy Park Fife in Methil.

After a short presentation and safety briefing from Graham Construction, who are building the mammoth turbine, the pupils donned their hi-vis vests and hard hats for a walk about the site.

Jonny Kerr, project manager at GRAHAM Construction, said: “The team wanted to share our own expertise and enthusiasm to educate youngsters on the nature of this sophisticated project and the challenges of such a large scale construction.

“School visits like this are just one of the ways we are helping local young people to experience the world of work and potentially inspire the civil engineers of tomorrow.”

Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the Levenmouth Area Committee, was also there for the tour.

He said: “It’s such a boost for the Levenmouth area that these kids are taking an interest in this project which is right on their doorstep.

“The whole future for this area is here in this yard, and I think it’s absolutely brilliant.

“And if some of the kids from today go on to work in the industry, then all the better.”

Speaking after the tour, teacher Linda Gillon said all of the children had thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

“All of the children are thrilled. It has been fantastic The kids have had an opportunity to see first-hand what is happening locally, and it has really helped bring their project to life.”

It is expected that the turbine should be constructed by October, although it will not be fully operational until the end of the year.