The boss of one of Scotland’s biggest industrial trade unions has criticised economy secretary Fiona Hyslop after she claimed only independence could deliver green jobs for Scotland. Hyslop made the remarks in parliament following the decision by energy group SSE Renewables not to award any work on its £3bn Seagreen development, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, to Fife-based Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab). Responding to a question from Tory MSP Maurice Golden in which he criticised the SNP’s failure to create green industrial jobs, Hyslop said: “When we have the powers of independence we will be able to deliver that green revolution.” Gary Smith, GMB Scotland secretary, said: “Whatever your position on the constitution, that’s an appalling statement to make at the same moment fabrication contracts for Scotland’s biggest windfarm project were awarded to China and the UAE.” The multimillion-pound contracts to manufacture turbine jackets for the scheme, which will be located 27 miles off the coast of Angus, have been awarded to US group Fluor’s Chinese division and United Arab Emirates-headquartered firm Lamprell. BiFab is jointly owned by Canadian industrial fabrication giant DF Barnes and the Scottish government, which has a 30% stake in the company after lending the business £37.4m when it was threatened with administration. The government’s accounts reveal the equity value of that loan has been reduced to £2m because of expected losses.
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