Burntisland Fabrication’s (BiFab) hopes of winning a substantial portion of a huge north-east fabrication contract was hanging in the balance last night as it emerged a Belgian firm is tipped to take the lion share of the deal. Steel construction company Smulders is understood to be leading the race for the Moray East Offshore Windfarm fabrication contract. BiFab was already dealt a blow in December as United Arab Emirates-based firm Lamprell was handed the first £160 million fabrication agreement for the project. And last night the troubled firm also discovered it had lost out to Spanish company Navantia for the assembling of five turbines at the Kincardine Offshore Floating Winfarm near Aberdeen. Owner DF Barnes and GMB Union both confirmed they are in discussions with Smulders in the hope some of work will be farmed out, but no official announcement of the contract win has yet been made. Canadian firm DF Barnes said BiFab will now look to win as big a portion of the 55 turbine contract as possible.
Energy Voice 26th May 2019 read more »
Kincardine Offshore Windfarm has awarded Spanish state-owned firm Navantia a deal to construct five offshore wind floating foundations. The deal has been awarded to Navantia through Cobra Wind International, a subsidiary firm of Cobra International Services. The Kincardine project is located nine miles off the coast of Aberdeen. The structures will be constructed at Navantia’s Fene yard in Spain before being transported to the Aberdeen site. Construction work will begin in May with fabrication and assembly to take place in April 2020. In a release Navantia said the deal consolidates its “position as market leader in floating foundations” after it took on a similar contract for the Hywind Scotland project off the coast of Peterhead. Spanish state-owned firm Navantia was named last year as one of the firms in the running for the Moray East project’s fabrication contract. However, it was revealed by Energy Voice the firm had reported almost £850 million in losses since 2005, an average of £70 million each year.
Energy Voice 26th Feb 2019 read more »