Tuesday, 17 April 2018 05:37

BRIGHT FUTURE FOR BIFAB

Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance and Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus Brendan MacNeil have praised the new investment secured for fabrication firm BiFab and its yards at Methil and Burntisland in Fife and Arnish in the Western Isles.

DF Barnes, a subsidiary of JV Driver - one of Canada’s largest independently owned industrial construction companies - has acquired BiFab as part of an agreement brokered by the SNP Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government will become a minority shareholder in BiFab, demonstrating continued commitment to supporting the future of the yard and supporting new opportunities for fabrication and construction in the marine, renewables and energy sector in Scotland.

Commenting on the announcement, Scottish Trades Union Congress General Secretary Grahame Smith has said:

"This result is testimony to magnificent worker solidarity, and a strong example of active state intervention in the economy by the Scottish Government."

Commenting, Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance said:

“I called on the Scottish Government to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to secure a future for BiFab at the beginning of the year, and I am delighted that the Government has successfully brokered a deal that will go further and create new opportunities.

“BiFab is a vital part of the local economy in Burntisland and Methil, and I would also like to pay tribute to the efforts of the trade unions and employees who pulled together to help bring in new investors and secure a long-term future for the company.

“This announcement is not only fantastic news for the workers in Burntisland, Methil and in Lewis, it also has hugely positive implications for Scotland’s marine energy sector and the wider Scottish economy.”

Angus Brendan MacNeil MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar said:

“This is brilliant news for the workers at the Arnish site in Lewis and will help to encourage new orders.

“This investment will help ensure we have the engineering skills and fabrication capacity in our economy to deliver on our ambitious climate change targets in Scotland.

 “Over the longer term, BiFab will need to continue working hard to win more contracts and I will be delighted to work with the employees to ensure its continued growth for the benefit of the Western Isles, Fife and the whole of Scotland.”

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