Waiting and hoping at BiFab

BiFab yard Methil Energy Park
BiFab yard Methil Energy Park

Methil’s troubled offshore fabrication and engineering yard is hoping for word this week which may fetch some desperately-needed work.

An announcement is expected shortly from the Department of Energy and Climate Change about an offshore renewable energy project.

BiFab in Methil is hopeful it may secure some contracts – but even if it is successful, it may be next year before work could start at the yards.

Around 170 workers across BiFab’s three facilities in Fife and the Western Isles could be facing redundancy because of a dwindling of orders and the cancellation of a proposal for 17 jackets for RWE at a major offshore wind farm.

Meanwhile, Claire Baker MSP is to raise the issue during General Questions in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Thursday), and will ask for a commitment from the Scottish Government to bring more orders and success to the Energy Park.

She said: “The situation at BiFab is causing great concern for the current workforce and could potentially have a major impact on the wider economies in Methil and Burntisland.

“When the Energy Park in Methil opened, we were told that it would play a leading role in the renewable sector, but, following initial investment, this has not been fully followed through by the Scottish Government.”