MP urges UK Government to ‘act immediately’ to safeguard BiFab

Lesley Laird MP has urged the UK Government to intervene to help safeguard the future of BiFab’s Methil and Burntisland yards.
The call comes after parent company, DF Barnes, told Holyrood it lost out on vital offshore wind contracts to rival companies flouting state-aid rules.
Sean Power, Vice President of Business Development at DF Barnes, met with the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP to air his concerns.
Lesley Laird has since written to Claire Perry MP, Minister for Business Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy requesting a meeting to discuss these concerns.
Lesley said: “BiFab’s ability to revitalise its mothballed yards hinges entirely on securing new contracts but that presumes bidding wars take place on a level playing field.
“Clearly, the bidding processes for the Kincardine and Moray East contracts meant BiFab never stood a chance.
“That’s deeply worrying and the UK government needs to act immediately to ensure we won’t see a repeat of this when EDF’s Neart na Gaoithe contract comes up this year.
“Scotland has led the field in developing and building offshore renewables technology and it’s an absolute scandal to see vital offshore contracts now going elsewhere unchallenged.
“If the government does not act immediately, we’re in danger of not just losing Fife’s manufacturing skills and a world-class reputation built up over the last decade but Scotland’s wider strategic opportunity to be a leading player in the market. Unless BiFab win this next contract it will become even harder to secure a foothold in this increasingly competitive market.
“That would be unforgiveable, especially when the government impetus to move to renewable energy has never been greater and has come under the spotlight this week with the focus on climate emergency and green jobs. I urge the Minister to meet with me and DF Barnes as a matter of urgency.”