A BOOST to employment in Fife is a vital spin-off of the success currently being enjoyed by engineering firm Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab).
Local MP Lindsay Roy underlined that the award last month of major contracts, to build the accommodation platforms of the Cygnus project in the North Sea, was a “significant project” which was helping the company to sustain and create much-needed employment in the Kingdom.
“In a highly competitive international market, it is gratifying to witness local leadership winning significant contracts through innovative work, enterprise and tenacity,” he said.
“The award of recent major contracts has allowed BiFab to recruit an additional 100 people across Methil, Arnish and Burntisland. The Cygnus jackets project means 15 new apprentice roles were also created.
“The number of unemployed claimants in Glenrothes constituency in May 2013 was 3250 – creating local opportunities is of paramount importance.”
Mr Roy said BiFab was playing a major part in the Cygnus field and was therefore, along with its project partners, helping to create 4000 direct and indirect jobs across the UK during the construction phase.
“BiFab is contributing significantly to the UK support for the project in the North Sea,” he added.
“The Cygnus field is the largest discovery in the Southern North Sea in 25 years and is expected by 2016 to account for five per cent of UK domestic gas production, meeting the demand of almost 1.5 million homes in the country.
“BiFab and its Fife workers will contribute greatly to the success of this major project.”
Mr Roy continued: “I am a regular visitor to BiFab and I was pleased to visit its premises recently to hear of the details of the Cygnus project first hand.
“I have offered my warm congratulations to John Robertson, managing director, and to all concerned.
“Reputation means a great deal in relation to future contracts and the credible reputation BiFab and its workforce has as a world leader in jacket construction augers well for the future.
“I have also offered my support to BiFab in any way I can to liaise with the local authority and colleges to ensure adequate planning is in place to continue to provide training and apprenticeships in this area, for local people who should benefit from local jobs.”
Bifab’s contract for the accommodation platform covers the fabrication and construction services, including the design, procurement, pre-commissioning assistance, weighing and load-out.
Mechanical completion is due late next year and onshore commissioning by early 2015.