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MSPs on a mission to save BiFab jobs.


A CROSS-PARTY group of MSPs have called on the UK Government to "encourage" new contracts for troubled construction firm BiFab.

The appeal was set out in a letter to Tory Energy Minister Greg Clark as fears grow for the company, who employ about 260 people in Fife and Lewis.

The MSPs accepted the Government can't step in on commercial decisions but they highlighted a potential lifeline deal for the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Project.

Winning contracts to fabricate parts for the project could keep jobs as the current Beatrice wind farm scheme finishes.

The letter says: "The renewable energy industry could provide a lifeline to revitalise our indigenous fabrication, engineering and steel industry base.

"It is a valuable sector to Scotland but too much of the contract work is placed outside of our country.

"We are aware that there are a number of contracts coming up in the near future for fabrication work with the first expected to be the awarding of the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Project. We would urge in the strongest terms that this contract take into account its wider responsibility to the Scottish economy and believe that BiFab would be best placed to receive the contract."

The letter was signed by 19 MSPs from all parties. BiFab this month notified the Scottish Government that job cuts are looming.


APPEAL Greg Clark

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 24, 2018
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