ORE Catapult acquires Samsung’s 7 MW demonstration wind turbine

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015 - 12:00
ORE Catapult has acquired the 7 MW demonstration offshore wind turbine at Levenmouth from Samsung Heavy Industries. (Photo: ORE Catapult)
ORE Catapult has acquired the 7 MW demonstration offshore wind turbine at Levenmouth from Samsung Heavy Industries. (Photo: ORE Catapult)

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has acquired the Levenmouth 7 MW demonstration offshore wind turbine, located off the East Fife coast, from Samsung Heavy Industries. SgurrEnergy has been appointed as Operations & Maintenance contractors for the turbine.

According to ORE Catapult, the Samsung 7 MW turbine at Levenmouth will become the world’s most advanced, open access, offshore wind turbine dedicated to research. ORE Catapult is working with Fife Council and local educational bodies on the development of skills and training programmes in renewable technologies. Scottish renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy has been appointed as Operations & Maintenance contractors for the turbine.

With the acquisition of the turbine, ORE Catapult wants to offer UK industry and academia an unrivalled opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of technologies as well as the operations and maintenance aspects of offshore wind turbines.

Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive of ORE Catapult, said: “Having a dedicated offshore wind turbine, accessible from shore, will prove a massive advantage for Scotland and indeed the UK’s offshore wind industry – a real world first. It enables us to extend and enhance both existing and future research programmes, provide an unrivalled testing environment for new technologies and facilitate the development of skills and experience critical to the future development of the industry, and its continuing efforts to reduce costs.”

Chan-Hee Son, Managing Director of Samsung Heavy Industries UK, said: “Samsung Heavy Industries is pleased the future of the Levenmouth offshore prototype turbine has been secured. We believe it has the potential to play an important role in the future of the European offshore wind sector. We will continue to work closely with ORE Catapult to ensure a smooth transfer.”

Katharina Garus / ORE Catapult

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