Offshore wind technology received the royal stamp of approval yesterday, after Her Majesty the Queen paid a visit to the Siemens Gamesa turbine factory in Hull. The factory, which opened last September, makes mammoth turbines that are up to 75 metres tall for installation on projects in the North Sea and beyond. During her visit the Queen met executives from Siemens Gamesa, including global CEO Markus Tacke and CEO of Siemens AG Joe Kaeser, before taking a tour of the factory floor to see how turbines are made. Hugh McNeal, chief executive of Renewable UK, said the royal visit sends a “powerful signal” about just how far the UK’s offshore wind industry has come in the past decade.
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Scottish ministers are set to resume talks on the future of engineering business BiFab on Saturday. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and business minister Paul Wheelhouse have been speaking to managers at Seaway Heavy Lifting following a dispute with BiFab which led to cash-flow problems. The company warned last weekend that it was in danger of going into administration. BiFab employs 1,400 people at yards in Fife and Lewis.
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THERE is “very serious progress” being made in efforts to secure the future of a troubled engineering firm where 1,400 jobs are at risk, according to a Scottish Government minister. Economy Secretary Keith Brown there was a “laser-like focus” on achieving a successful resolution. Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab), has yards in Burntisland and Methil in Fife and Arnish on the Isle of Lewis. The company, which makes equipment for the oil and gas industry and the renewable energy sector, filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators a week ago as it faces cash flow problems linked to its contracts.
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