Samsung 7MW foundation in

Samsung’s flagship 7MW offshore wind turbine is taking shape off Scotland, with the prototype’s foundation now piled into the Firth of Forth.

Contractor Graham Construction installed the steel jacket, fabricated by Steel Engineering, in shallow waters around 50 metres off the Fife Energy Park in Methil.

The turbine’s transition piece, which will connect the foundation to the tower, is now being carried out by a team of welders working around the clock.

SHI is erecting the S7.0-171, which features a 171.2-metre-diameter rotor powering a DB Wind supplied transmission system, backed by over £6m of funding from development body Scottish Enterprise.

Blades for the turbine were delivered from Denmark's SSP Technology last month.

The nacelle is part-way through a programme of trials at the National Renewable Energy Centre in northeast England, hooked-up on the facility's new 15MW test bench.

Construction of the prototype is slated for completion this month.

The Korean group plans to build an 84MW wind farm off the coast of Korea’s Jeju island using the new turbines. The project, to be installed by the end of 2014, will be one of South Korea’s first commercial offshore wind farms.