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GMB Scotland and Unite the Union have called on the offshore wind developers with projects in Scotland to award Bifab with contracts for which the company is currently tendering for.
A number of consented offshore wind projects present a big opportunity to get BiFab back on its feet, according to the Scottish Government. BiFab was acquired by Canadian JV Driver in April as part of the government’s intervention to save the Fife-based company, however, it still needs new contracts to secure its future operation.
Canadian company JV Driver, through its subsidiary DF Barnes, has acquired BiFab as part of an agreement brokered by the Scottish Government to support new opportunities at BiFab’s renewables and marine fabrication and construction yards in the UK.
Some 260 workers at the BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and Arnish, Scotland, will be made redundant and the yards will be completely closed by the end of June if no new contracts are secured, Unite Scotland reports.
Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL), SSE and the partners to the Beatrice offshore wind project, JCE Offshore, have provided a financial package that will make sure BiFab completes its Beatrice contract, while the Scottish Government continues working with the company and the involved trade unions to find a way to keep the manufacturing sites busy after the Beatrice work is done.
The trade unions supporting BiFab workers have called on SSE to ‘rein in’ the contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) and save 1,400 jobs in Fife and Lewis. On 16 November, SSE issued a statement saying that, as a 15% shareholder of BiFab, it is willing to play its part in a recovery package supported by and involving all shareholders.
The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise are in discussions with all relevant parties in the BiFab case, with the Government looking to save the company and hundreds of jobs at BiFab facilities in Scotland.
Production problems and cost overruns related to the Beatrice jacket foundations order are at the root of financial issues that the Scottish company BiFab is currently facing, resulting in its staff coming to work as usual despite the company having no money to pay their wages, just so the Beatrice order placed by Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) could be kept at BiFab.
The BiFab management informed trade unions on 13 November that there was no money to pay the wages of their staff. Problems that led BiFab to being a few steps away from going into administration have emerged from a dispute over payments with Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL), who awarded BiFab with the fabrication of 26 Beatrice jacket foundations.
BiFab is facing a critical cash position due to a challenging situation regarding its ongoing contracts for the Beatrice offshore wind farm. Given the circumstances, the company’s directors have filed a Notice of Intention to Appoint Administrators, however they hope a solution could be found and BiFab would not need to go into administration.
Teesside-headquartered Francis Brown Ltd has won a contract to fabricate 26 steel boat landings for the wind turbines that will be located at the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm.
UK Export Finance (UKEF) yesterday informed that it had helped BurntIsland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab) access finance to meet the terms of the contract for the Beatrice offshore wind farm, awarded to the UK steel structures fabricator by Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) in June 2016.
Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL), using its vessel Oleg Strashnov, installed the 77th jacket foundation at the Beatrice site on 20 June, according to some media posts from those involved in the project, following the project’s Notice to Mariners from 18 June that reported 76 jackets being in place.
The UK-based Wescott Industrial Services has completed the preparation and coating of the steel surfaces for the Siemens Offshore Transformer Modules (OTM) to be used on the Beatrice offshore wind farm.
The first Siemens Offshore Transformer Module (OTM) has left Rosyth and is on its way to the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland.
Seaway Heavy Lifting has installed the first of the two jacket foundations for the Siemens Offshore Transformer Modules on the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland.