A group of former Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) workers have branded the firm’s takeover by a Canadian manufacturer a ‘disaster’ for the Isle of Lewis. BiFab, who received a multi-million bailout of public money in 2017, has struggled to win big contracts at its Arnish, Methil and Burntisland yards since the 2018 acquisition by Newfoundland-based firm DF Barnes. A job-saving contract to provide 150 pin piles for the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm looked to reverse the firm’s fortunes last March, but around 90 staff were made redundant upon completion of the work in December.
Energy Voice 15th June 2020 read more »
Dramatic growth in offshore wind energy round Scotland’s coastline predicted as Crown Estate launches first leasing round in a decade. A new offshore wind leasing round is set to clear the way for dramatic growth in renewable energy around the coastline of Scotland. ScotWind Leasing was hailed by Crown Estate Scotland, the organisation that manages Scotland’s seabed, as a multi-billion-pound investment opportunity that will form a major part of the country’s “green recovery”. It is the first round of offshore wind leasing in Scottish waters for a decade and comes almost a year after the official opening of the £2.5 billion Beatrice development, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, off the east coast of Caithness.
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