Scotland’s economy secretary has been challenged by Labour to stop “outsourcing” green industry jobs as yet more windfarm work goes overseas. Last week it was announced BiFab – which operates two fabrication yards in Fife and one near Stornoway – had failed to win any of the work for the massive Seagreen development being built off the coast of Angus. All of the platforms for its 114 turbines are being manufactured in China and the United Arab Emirates. In a letter to economy secretary Fiona Hyslop, Labour MSP Rhoda Grant expressed concern over the decision to grant the Seagreen contract to a Chinese company at the expense of BiFab yards.
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Renewable energy supply chain companies in Scotland need to level up their capabilities if they’re going to compete on a global scale, according to the developer behind the Kincardine Offshore Floating Wind Farm. Allan MacAskill, boss of Kincardine Offshore Wind Limited (KOWL), says firms are being forced to give work to overseas companies because Scottish yards don’t yet have the capacity to cope with major offshore wind developments. Last week, three of the five floating foundations for the Kincardine project set sail from Ferrol in Spain, where they were built by Cobra Wind, destined for Rotterdam. The turbines will then be mounted in the Dutch port before they’re towed to location around 15 kilometres offshore between Stonehaven and Aberdeen.
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