It may well be that Derek Mackay and his team will prove more adept in owning the shipyard than the most successful Scottish businessman of his generation; that the ferries will be completed without additional cost to the taxpayer; and that under public ownership it will prove a greater success than either Prestwick Airport or BiFab
. It may also be that a Gloucestershire Old Spot will sprout feathers and be seen gliding gently in the skies over the Clyde.
manufacturing yards in Methil and Burntisland, which employed 1,400 workers at their peak, were wound down last year.
The Scottish Government has also indicated, if necessary, it will make a commercial loan facility available to BiFab
Managing director John Robertson says BiFab
's skills in delivering similar structures for the oil and gas industry make it a natural choice for windfarm developers.
Welcoming the new contract, project director Toby Edmonds told Business Post yesterday: We are very pleased that once again the construction of Gwynt y Mor can continue to deliver investment into the UK, through this contract with BiFab
, which has recently introduced the manufacture of jacket substructures for offshore wind farms, will use the money from SSE's investment to further boost its annual capacity to 130 units.
NEWS that windfarm manufacturer BiFab
has earned a share of a lucrative offshore engineering contract is welcome.
, nestled on the coast of Fife, ran into financial difficulties at the end of 2017.
But while the subject matter and the accompanying hashtag - #renewal - was the right one, the debate was not unfortunately on the future of the Labour Party, but on the importance of the renewables industry and for a call for more investment in the mothballed BiFab
yards in Fife.
The engineering firm, known as BiFab
, operate yards at Burntisland and Methil in Fife and Arnish on the isle of Lewis.