Wind Power Creating Jobs as well as Electricity
A wind turbine project has created more than eighty new jobs created at Arnish, near Stornoway in Scotland. The fabrication yard will be operated by BiFab, an engineering firm owned by Canadian company DF Barnes. The yard had been unused for a year but will now be manufacturing the piles which support wind turbines.
e turbines that will benefit from the new piles are located at the Moray East wind farm in the Moray Firth. The scheme consists of eighty-four turbines in an inlet of the North Sea, north east of Inverness. The contract to manufacture the Moray East piles will create 82 jobs in total.
Moray Firth Beatrice Wind Farm Nears Completion
So far there have been sixty confirmed turbines that have been completed. The project should be 100% completed by the end of this year. Once complete, the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (nicknamed ‘the Bowl’ for short) will produce enough electricity to power 450,000 homes.
‘Essential’ That Businesses Utilise Scottish Facilities
The Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse was delighted about the awarding of the pile manufacturing contract to a Scottish manufacturer. Mr Wheelhouse believes it is essential that businesses such as DF Barnes maximise their use of Scottish facilities and workers.
Mr Wheelhouse said,
“The Scottish government’s continued support and collaborative approach with DF Barnes has helped secure, at peak, eighty-two good quality jobs for this yard. However, we have always been clear that there remains hard work ahead to rebuild the pipeline of work for the business.”
A spokesperson for DF Barnes revealed that the Arnish contract was just the first stage in a long process. Ultimately, that process intends to develop and secure a sustainable business in the area. The spokesperson said,
“[DF Barnes] have made a long-term commitment to BiFab and are actively leveraging our global skills and expertise to position the company for future growth.”
DF Barnes are currently negotiating with other developers and contractors about another offshore wind farm in the Firth of Forth.
Scotland’s ‘World Class’ Offshore Wind Facilities
The Highlands and Islands Area Manager in the Outer Hebrides, Rachel Mackenzie, said of the new contract,
“Today’s announcement by owners DF Barnes is great news for the Outer Hebrides. This further demonstrates the region’s capability to support the offshore wind sector. With its skilled workforce at Arnish, BiFab is in an excellent position to deliver part of this major contract and positions it as key player in the offshore wind supply chain.
“Long-term investment from HIE and the Scottish government has developed Arnish into a world-class facility where excellent infrastructure and equipment match a superb natural location for renewables manufacturing.”
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