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Fife Community Turns Out to Learn More About Wind Turbine

Over 60 members of the Fife community attended an information event to learn more about Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Prototype Offshore Wind Turbine project at the Renewable Energy Innovation Centre, Energy Park Fife today (Thursday 1 August 2013).

The event, hosted by Samsung Heavy Industries in partnership with construction partner Graham Construction and Fife Council, gave people facts about construction plans for the 7MW turbine.

 

Representatives from Samsung Heavy Industries and GRAHAM Construction were also on hand to answer questions about the project, which could see the creation of up to 500 jobs in Methil.

Samsung Heavy Industries hopes the turbine will be operational by the end of this year. Following a successful testing period the company hopes to attract orders which will allow it to build a manufacturing facility at Energy Park Fife.

A spokesperson for SHI said: “It was great to see so many people keen to learn more about the project, which is an important contributor to the local economy. We are committed to working with local companies where possible and supporting the local community.”

Cllr Tom Adam Chair of the Levenmouth Area Committee, said: “We welcome the opportunity for the community to hear first hand from SHI and their partners. This is such a massive project for Methil and Levenmouth. We look forward to seeing the development of this site over the coming months.

“The future of the Energy Park is a key component of the regeneration of the area and we hope this project will put it firmly on the map of renewables in Fife, Scotland and the UK.”

David Garry, Project Manager at Scottish Enterprise, said: “The construction phase of the project is yet another important milestone which demonstrates Scotland’s capability in the offshore renewables sector. The investment by Samsung Heavy Industries at Energy Park Fife in the next step in building the areas profile as a hub for innovation and heavy engineering.”

Leo Martin, Director at GRAHAM Construction, said: “This is a unique project and one GRAHAM Construction is tremendously proud to be delivering.

“The scale of the turbine has brought its own challenges and we are utilising some of the largest and most sophisticated equipment in the world in its construction.

“We’re very encouraged by the level of interest in the local community.”

As well as the information evening, a project website has been created which will feature up-to-date news and information on construction progress. Anyone interested should visit: http://www.graham.co.uk/samsung

Should any members of the local community be affected by any elements of the construction project, a dedicated hotline has been set up, allowing site personnel to address local issues. The hotline number is: 0800 121 4457.

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