MP “more optimistic” BiFab can strike deal

“Tangible progress appears to have been made” to secure a share of the Neart Na Gaoithe contract for BiFab, according to Lesley Laird MP.
The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP, who has been in regular contact with EDF and BiFab’s owners, DF Barnes, described a ‘change of mood’ in talks with both firms on Friday.
“I feel more positive that all parties are now genuinely looking for ways to achieve a good outcome for BiFab and the community,“ Lesley said.
“The pressure and passion of the community and BiFab workers has kept the issue front and centre and I detect now a recognition of the logical arguments presented by trade unions over the last few weeks.
“There are still more discussions to be had between the parties but I’m feeling more optimistic that a deal can be done that can bring work to the yard.”
Forty jobs are set to be created when BiFab’s Methil yard re-opens in August to complete part of the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm contract.
Meanwhile, the Fife ‘Ready for Renewal’ campaign has heaped pressure on EDF to award at least part of the upcoming £2bn Neart Na Gaoithe contract to BiFab.
It was feared the entire contract would go to Indonesia, despite the fact that the wind farm will be erected just 10 miles off the Fife coast.
Lesley added: “I was reassured by the actions DF Barnes is taking in order to win work and that their commitment to secure a share of this key contract is being given top priority.
“With further contracts coming up later this year, securing work now could be the perfect platform to then bring BiFab back into the very competitive renewables sector.
“The commitment of the employees and the community has sustained the STUC’s Ready for Renewal campaign and they deserve to be rewarded with a contract.
“BiFab is such an important strategic asset for Scotland’s long-term renewables ambitions and the knock-on effect into the supply chain is equally important if we are to develop as a global player in this growing market.
“With countries across the world waking up to the climate emergency we face, demand for renewable products will undoubtedly increase – BiFab must be there to take advantage of those future opportunities and that starts with getting work from the Neart Na Gaoithe contract.”