New report shows Beatrice impact as unions question local content. A mammoth 84-turbine wind farm has contributed £460 million to the Scottish economy and created more than 7,000 jobs during the three year development construction of the project.
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Hopes have been raised that the BiFab fabrication yards in Fife will secure new contracts. Owner DF Barnes said it was “cautiously optimistic” over winning some of the work to build wind turbine jackets on a £2bn offshore wind farm off Fife. But unions described reports that the yard would get eight of the project’s 53 jacket foundations, creating 200 jobs, as a “paltry return”. The bulk of the work is expected to go to Indonesia. In a joint statement, GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith and Unite Scotland secretary Pat Rafferty, said: “The prospect of just eight turbine jackets coming to Fife while the vast majority are built in Indonesia is scandalous.
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Union leaders have hit out at the “paltry” number of jobs going to Scottish workers after reports that a Fife manufacturing yard has landed a deal to build turbine parts for a £1.8 billion offshore wind farm in the outer Firth of Forth. It is understood that Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab), which has two yards in Fife and one in Lewis, has landed a contract to provide foundation jackets for eight of the 53 turbines at the 450MW Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) scheme. It’s thought the work will create 200 jobs at the company’s Methil yard in Fife.
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A new task force which will help to increase the number of skilled people working in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry is holding its first meeting today. The new group aims to ensure that the industry attracts a wide, diverse pool of talent as the number of jobs in offshore wind trebles to 27,000 by 2030. The Investment in Talent Group, set up by the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), includes representatives from leading companies in the sector and from the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments, as well as trade associations and academic institutions (listed below).
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