The new year is starting promisingly for Scotland with talk of over 500 jobs being created in Fife. Korean super company Samsung are intent on bringing a project to develop a new generation wind turbine at a reported cost of around £100 million.
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) the worlds second largest ship builder are planning on basing their maiden European wind project at the Fife Energy Park in Methil.
The firm plans to test its new, more powerful 7MW turbine offshore at Methil before starting to take orders to build them at the site.
SHI have also signed a promising deal with engineering company David Brown Gear Systems and it is their gearbox system that shall be used in the new wind turbine.
Alex Salmond the Scottish First Minister is delighted by the news "Their choice of Scotland as their first base in Europe for renewable technology development is testament to the fact this country is fast becoming the European centre for research and development in new offshore wind technologies.”
However not everyone is happy about the increasing number of wind farm developments in Scotland. American billionaire Donald Trump is currently fighting plans to build 11 offshore wind turbines in Aberdeen Bay, which would be in full view of his golf resort. In fact Mr Trump feels so strongly there has been talk of him pulling out of the build.
I guess you can’t please everyone.