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GRAY FABRICATION TURNS THE TIDE

Gray Fabrication has recently completed a major contract for a world-class Scottish project; the Orbital Marine Power O2 Tidal Turbine.

Over the last 14 months, Cupar-based Gray Fabrication has invested over 19,000 man hours building four large sections for the main structural hull of this massive tidal turbine. To put it in some sort of context, each of the four sections were 3.8 metres in diameter, up to 23 metres long and weighing up to 80 tonnes each.

As well as the main hull, Gray Fabrication also manufactured six sub-assemblies that will go on to create two huge rotor deployment legs, on which giant turbine blades will be mounted.

Tom Carswell, Director of Gray Fabrication told fbm Update:

“With nearly 40 years’ experience of heavy fabrication in the offshore oil and gas sector, we saw this project as a breath of fresh air, and were keen to be part of such a fantastic, ambitious Scottish project that will hopefully turn the tide on the way the world looks at tidal energy.”

Tom added:

“In this time of uncertainty, with other Scottish and British projects mostly going overseas, it was fantastic that Orbital Marine Power chose to keep this in Scotland. This gave us, as well as Texo Fabrications in Dundee, a tremendous boost, safeguarding jobs both here in Fife and Tayside.

Andrew Scott, CEO of Orbital Marine Power, commented:

“Gray Fabrication has done an outstanding job on what is a unique and complex heavy structure - all whilst having to deal with the unplanned challenges of a pandemic. The results have been absolutely in keeping with our world leading technology and are a credit to the workforce there.”

Gray Fabrication has now passed all ten of these sections over to Texo Fabrication in Dundee where it will be fully assembled for launch in the Spring of 2021.

Photograph: A reduced, masked and socially distanced Gray Fabrication workforce in front of the 44-tonne section of the O2 Tidal Turbine

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