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Fife's Energy Park Leading the Way

FIFE is continuing to build on its reputation as a leading green council by expanding the hugely successful Energy Park in Methil.

Demand for space by companies at the Energy Park Fife is in danger of outstripping supply and the council is now transferring 0.62 hectares (1.53 acres) of land at Rising Sun Road in Methil to accommodate the growing renewable energy market.

The land, which is currently owned by the Council, had been set aside for housing. The Council has indicated that it will work in partnership with Kingdom Housing Association to identify other more suitable housing land in the area.
Council Leader Peter Grant explained the decision: “Renewable energy is a rapidly expanding market and we are leading the way here in Fife, attracting companies and creating jobs.

“The Energy Park is a key part of this work and this land will help us secure the future expansion of the Park to take advantage of new opportunities and potentially create around 1,000 new jobs for the area.”

A planning application to build houses and flats on the land has been refused by the Levenmouth Area Committee to help safeguard the future of the Energy Park Fife.

Councillor Grant added: “We have to take into consideration how close housing should be to a facility like the Energy Park. We will now be looking at land in Lower Methil and working with Kingdom Housing to identify sites for housing development.”

Fife Council and Scottish Enterprise have together invested over £13 million in the Energy Park Fife which now boasts 54 hectares of industrial space. The main occupant of the Park – Bi-Fab are currently working on a £50m contract to supply 30 sub-sea jackets. Each jacket weights around 500 tonnes and wind turbines are attached to the top allowing the development of wind farms in deep water.

Councillors today also agreed plans for the development of a new “Fife Renewables Innovation and Incubator Centre” at the Park. The £3 million facility will help small businesses start up and grow in the renewable energy sector. A decision is also awaited on an application to the Scottish Government for European Regional Development Fund support for the 1,400 square metre development which will help ensure that Small and Medium Sized Enterprises can benefit from the major investments anticipated at Energy Park Fife. This project will also help develop links between the energy industry and the University of St Andrews.

“This is an extremely exciting time for Fife’s economic future,” said Councillor Grant. “This development is cutting edge and puts us at the forefront of this industry, helping attract key private sector investment and regenerate an area of recognised need in Fife.”

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