Methil Offshore Wind Farm

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Methil Offshore Wind Farm
Fife coast at Buckhaven - - 3928290.jpg
Samsung's wind turbine at Methil
CountryScotland, United Kingdom
Coordinates56°09′46″N 03°00′32″W / 56.16278°N 3.00889°W / 56.16278; -3.00889Coordinates: 56°09′46″N 03°00′32″W / 56.16278°N 3.00889°W / 56.16278; -3.00889
StatusUnder construction
Operator(s)Samsung, 2-B Energy
Wind farm
Power generation
Units operational1 × 7 MW
Nameplate capacity7 MW

Methil Offshore Wind Turbine (alternatively Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine) is a demonstrator site for experimental offshore wind turbines at Fife Energy Park off the coast of Methil, Fife in Scotland.


The initial plan (in 2011) was for test turbines to be operated by Dutch firm 2-B Energy.[1] Permission was given to construct one or two turbines in a test of high-capacity offshore wind turbines.[1][2][3] The first turbine would have been 179 metres (587 ft) high with only two blades.[4]

In January 2012 it was announced that Samsung would be the first company to build a demonstrator turbine on the site.[5][6] In April 2012 the Scottish government announced that it had also signed a deal with 2-B Energy to develop two-bladed offshore wind turbines nearby.[7] In July 2015, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult announced that it was in discussions with Samsung to acquire its 7MW demonstration turbine for research purposes.[8]


Construction of Samsung's 7 megawatt wind turbine was completed in October 2013.[9] The turbine is located just 50 metres from the coast, and at the time of construction was the world's largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine.[9] The tower stands to a maximum height of 110 metres, and 195 metres to blade tip.[10] The rotor has three blades and spans 171 metres.[10] Samsung has invested £70 million in the demonstrator project, which could run for up to five years.[9]

2-B Energy[edit]

2-B Energy secured a £26.5 million investment package for their project in March 2014.[11] 2-B Energy will establish two full-scale test units at the site.[11] The company is developing a 140-metre wide two-bladed turbine with full helicopter landing access.[11] The two 6MW turbines will be located approximately 1.5 km offshore.[12] They will stand at a maximum height of 109 metres above lowest tide, and 186 metres to blade tip.[12] 2-B Energy hopes to have planning consent by 2015, with the turbines being installed in 2016.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UK Operational Wind Farms – Renewable UK Archived 2011-03-19 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 27 September 2011
  2. ^ Methil Offshore Wind Farm – 4COffshore Accessed 27 September 2011
  3. ^ Offshore Wind Scotland – Innovation Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 12 February 2012
  4. ^ The Courier – 582ft offshore wind turbine at Methil backed Archived 2011-04-23 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 12 February 2012
  5. ^ Samsung’s test turbine to replace 2-B Energy plans, FifeToday, 8 February 2012
  6. ^ Samsung wind turbine project to create 500 jobs in Fife, BBC News, 31 January 2012
  7. ^ Fife Energy Park to host new offshore turbine concept, BBC News, 5 April 2012
  8. ^ "Fife Council maintains renewables optimism despite Samsung blow". Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  9. ^ a b c World’s biggest turbine now standing tall at Methil, The Courier, 22 October 2013
  10. ^ a b IN DEPTH: Samsung's offshore giant, RechargeNews, 5 November 2013
  11. ^ a b c £26m deal for new turbines in Methil, FifeToday, 26 March 2014
  12. ^ a b c Consultation event for new Methil turbines, FifeToday, 25 June 2014