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Wind Farm Work For Fife And Arnish Yards

Thursday, December 3, 2015

GMB Scotland Applaud Call By Cross Party MSPs That Fabrication Work On Beatrice Moray Firth Wind Project Go To Fife And Arnish Yards

If work on the jackets does not go to these yards impact on workers, their families and the fragile local economies they are located in will be devastating says cross party group of MSPs.

GMB Scotland, the union for fabrication workers, welcomed the letter from a cross party group of MSPs to SSE requesting the award of fabrication work for the SSE’s Beatrice offshore wind project to the BiFab yards in Fife and Arnish. See notes to editor for copy of letter from 5 MSPs.

Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) is the partnership formed between SSE Renewables (50%), Repsol Nuevas Energias UK (25%) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (25%) to finance and build the 80 plus wind turbines 664MW Beatrice offshore wind project.

The site is located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank, 13.5km from the Caithness coastline. Construction is planned for 2016.

The cross party MSPs say in the letter to SSE “We are persuaded that if the BiFab yards are not awarded a substantial part of the Beatrice contract then it will almost certainly jeopardise the yards futures. The BiFab workforce has contracted from over 2,400 down to just 80 permanent employees and 50 on fixed term contracts.

If the contract for building these jackets does not go to these Scottish yards then the impact on the workers, their families and the fragile local economies they are located in will be devastating.  Two of these yards are already mothballed pending the outcome of the contract award process.

The renewable energy industry could provide a lifeline to revitalise our indigenous fabrication, engineering and steel industry base. We hope therefore that SSE will consider its responsibilities to the wider Scottish community and economy in deciding on the award of this contract.

We would be happy to meet with you and your team to make our own representations to you about the importance of a planned and responsible approach to this contract award and to discuss more generally the prospects for a more coherent public policy and private and public procurement and supply chain approach.”

Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland Regional Officer, added “A lot of money from Scottish consumers will go to make the Beatrice project viable.

GMB Scotland applaud this initiative by this cross party group of MSPs  to ensure that Scottish workers get a fair slice of the fabrication work on this project to keep them and the yards in work.”

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Contact: Jim Moohan 07885 868405 or Gary Smith 07710 618909 or 0141 332 8641 or  Dave Hulse 08791 266157 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to editors

Copy of letter from MSP dated 25/11/2015

Clarie Baker MSP

Wing B

Carlyle House

Carlyle Road

Kirkcaldy

KY1 1DB

Tel: 01592 568678

Fax:01592 566401

Clarie.baker@msp@scottish.parliament.uk

 

Alistair Phillips Davies

Chief Executirve Officer

SSE

Inveralmond House

2—Dunkeld Road

Perth

PH1 3AQ

 

Dear Alistair

SSE Beatrice Contract:

We wish to raise with you the award of fabrication work for the SSE’s Beatrice offshore wind project in the outer Moray Firth.

A delegation of GMB and Unite trades union representatives representing workers at the BiFab yards in Fife and Arnish met with a cross party group of MSPs at the Scottish Parliament this week.

We are persuaded that if the BiFab yards are not awarded a part of the Beatrice contract then it will almost certainly jeopardise the yards futures. The BiFab workforce has contracted from over 2,400 down to just 80 permanent employees and 50 on fixed term contracts. If the contract for building these jackets does not go to these Scottish yards then the impact on the workers, their families and the fragile local economies they are located in will be devastating.  Two of these yards are already mothballed pending the outcome of the contract award process.

The renewable energy industry could provide a lifeline to revitalise out indigenous fabrication, engineering and steel industry base. We hop therefore that SSE will consider its responsibilities to the wider Scottish community and economy in deciding on the award of this contract.

We would be happy to meet with you and your team to make our own representations to you about the importance of a planned and responsible approach to this contract award and to discuss more generally the prospects for a more coherent public policy and private and public procurement and supply chain approach.

We look forwards to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Claire Baker MSP Lab                                   Wilie Rennie MSP Lib Dem

Mid-Scotland and Fife                                    Mid-Scotland and Fife

David Torrance MSP  SNP                            Murdo Fraser MSP Con

Kirkcaldy                                                       Mid-Scotland and Fife

Patrick Harvie MSP Green

Glasgow

 

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