Date lodged: 28 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the action it is taking to secure work for the Arnish construction yard on the Isle of Lewis.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 20 July 2018
BiFab was acquired by DF Barnes on 17 April 2018 as part of an agreement brokered by the Scottish Government to support new opportunities for fabrication and construction in the marine, renewables and energy sector.
The commitment of DF Barnes to securing a new future for the business at Arnish is a hugely positive step.
The Scottish Government has delivered on the commitment made last year to stand by BiFab and work to secure a long term future for the company. We have always been clear that there remains hard work ahead and that we will continue to engage closely with management and the union representatives as this progresses.
It is not within the Scottish Government’s gift to award contracts and it is ultimately a matter for BiFab to secure further work, which will need to be tendered for under a competitive process. However I am supportive of the ambition which DF Barnes have for BiFab, which will include long-term sustainable employment for the local economies which these yards serve.