The contractor building a multi-billion pound offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth has confirmed that BiFab’s Fife yards have not won any of the work. The Methil and Burntisland fabrication yards are mothballed, having been close to financial collapse last year. Their revival depended on a contract to build some of the platforms for the Moray East offshore wind farm. Last week trade unions said they expect the work to go to Belgian and Spanish yards. They claimed there was not a level playing field for bidding. A statement by Deme, the Belgian company in charge of procurement for Moray East, emphasised the role of a Belgian-owned yard near Newcastle in having “a major portion” of the work, but did not offer details of how much of the work will be at continental yards. The statement emphasised the role of Bifab’s yard near Stornoway in making equipment, and Invergordon and Peterhead harbours as supply bases. The order on which BiFab was pinning hopes of a return to production at Burntisland and Methil in Fife was for 100 steel jackets on which turbines will sit, off the east coast of Caithness.
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DEME Offshore has unveiled which companies it plans to use as tier one suppliers for the foundations for the Moray East offshore windfarm, a number of which are based in the UK. UK content in offshore windfarms has long been an issue, most recently when a report from the UK’s former defence secretary and energy minister, Sir Michael Fallon MP, called for a local content commissioner to monitor the UK content of future offshore windfarms, although it may be difficult to deliver much higher levels of UK content, as OWJ’s review of the UK’s Sector Deal for offshore wind highlighted. Offshore installation work will be undertaken from northern Scottish ports, including the Port of Invergordon which has been lined up by DEME Offshore to act as a staging facility under a multimillion pound contract. A major portion of the fabrication work (including all final assembly) of 55 of the jackets will be executed by Smulders in Wallsend, Newcastle, supported by fabrication activity in Europe. The balance of the jackets will be supplied by Dubai-based Rig Metals LLC, part of the Lamprell Group, and then shipped and offloaded to northern Scottish ports.
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