Gray Fabrication in Cupar is providing components for what is being described as the world’s most powerful floating tidal turbine.

The 72m long O2 turbine is being built by Texo Group in Dundee with key parts being made by Gray Fabrication using material from Liberty Steel in Motherwell.

 

Once completed, the turbine will be tested in Orkney at the European Marine Energy Centre.

 

Gray Fabrication is one of the UK’s leading heavy steel fabrication companies specialising in the rolling, bending and pressing of heavy plate. It provides steel fabrication and plate rolling services to leading companies in the oil and gas, general engineering and renewable energy sectors.

 

The Scottish Government has awarded the turbine project £3.4 million from its £10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.

 

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP said: “We are delighted this landmark turbine, designed by an innovative Scottish company, will also be built in Scotland.

 

“We believe tidal energy technology can not only play an important role in our own future energy system, but it has substantial export potential and this fund will help move tidal technologies closer to commercial deployment.”

 

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