Notices issued to BiFab staff

BiFab in Methil
BiFab in Methil

Regular staff at BiFab’s yards in Methil and Burntisland have been notified of potential redundancy, via HR1 forms, as the offshore fabrication firm finishes the latest jobs in its order book.

Around 150 staff in various posts at BiFab’s three yards in Fife and the Isle of Lewis have been advised of the “process of evaluation”.

Martin Adam, operations director, said the latest order, a 4000-ton topside and a 200-ton jacket for GDF, was nearing conclusion and the company was being “very cautious”, as there was little else in the diary. But the firm was tendering and trying its best to win future work.

Mr Adam said there was still a good worforce and he still saw a future for the three yards – but the industry faced challenging times over oil prices, and more.

He added Scottish Enterprise had doubled BiFab’s rent when the firm was trying to drive business costs down and keep people in employment in Scotland.