Mack and Wheelhouse under fire

Union points finger of blame as wind farm turbine jobs lost

Claire Mack

Claire Mack: accused

Union leaders have accused the Scottish Government and renewables industry of talking up the green revolution while jobs are being lost.

Fife fabrication firm BiFab has confirmed a further 16 layoffs with the wind-down of oil and gas manufacturing work and amid speculation that a vital contract for an offshore wind farm has been delayed.

GMB officials say the giant Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) project off the Forth Estuary could be held up until August. The union has laid blame at the door of the Scottish Government and Scottish Renewables.

The 54 turbines for the giant Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) site are being assembled at Port of Dundee, while BiFab will build eight of the foundation jackets at its Methil yard.

Eyemouth Harbour has also been earmarked as a preferred supplier for maintenance work on the project.

The announcement came amid on-going concern that Scottish firms such as BiFab were missing out on contracts to build renewable energy projects to foreign competitors. Most of the work will be carried out overseas.

Hazel Nolan, GMB Scotland organiser, said: “The Minister for Energy [Paul Wheelhouse] and the chief executive of Scottish Renewables should hold their hands up and admit: ‘We are failing to bring the green jobs revolution to Scotland’.

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