Economy Secretary Keith Brown has raised hopes that major contracts and new investment could soon revive the near deserted Arnish yard on Lewis.
All the remaining shop floor workers at the Arnish yard in Stornoway lost their jobs yesterday as the last structure made at the plant was shipped away.
Engineering firm BiFab is being urged to change the status of its closure-threatened yard on Lewis to “care and maintenance” so it can quickly restart operations if the market improves.
Scottish ministers were under growing pressure last night to step in to save the Arnish yard on Lewis amid fears it could shut down within days.
GMB Union boss have said they are not resigned to the closure of BiFab yards or the loss of jobs, but that next week’s Scottish Government meeting is make or break.
Engineering firm BiFab has notified staff and the Scottish Government of the potential for redundancies.
Scottish Green MSPs John Finnie and Mark Ruskell have today written to the government’s economic development agencies urging them to step up efforts to secure new orders in light of warnings that the BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and on Lewis could close by the end of June.
Union leaders say hundreds of workers at BiFab marine engineering yards are to be made redundant.
Scotland's energy minister said today that steering Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) out of harm's way was always "going to be challenging".
The announcement yesterday that Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) is being sued by German business partner, EEW, has provoked a pledge of support from the Scottish Government.
Beleaguered Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) is being sued by its German business partner and energy firm, EEW.
Former First Minister Alex Salmond believes policy should be put in place to ensure Scottish yards are given priority when bidding for renewables work in the country.
Economy Secretary Keith Brown has pledged to fight for the future of the renewable energy manufacturing yard in the Western Isles which came “extremely close” to collapse in recent days.
The Scottish Government has been urged to ensure BiFab workers have long-term livelihoods, and not just a short-term salvation.
In a statement to MSPs at Holyrood, Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed the loan amount being made available to Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) was around £15 million.
Western Isles politicians and councillors have hailed a deal to save the BiFab yard in Lewis after it was threatened by administration – and they are hopeful about its long-term future.
An agreement has been reached that will lift the threat of administration from troubled engineering firm BiFab, and see work continue on the current contract for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm.
There is “very serious progress” being made in efforts to secure the future of a troubled engineering firm, a Scottish Government minister has said.
Alan Duncan, director of offshore wind consultancy Scotia Supply Chain and spokesman for NnG (Neart na Gaoithe) Offshore Wind Farm Coalition, discusses the challenges facing Scottish companies seeking growth within the burgeoning offshore wind sector.
Nicola Sturgeon is to return from a UN climate change conference earlier than planned to be available for talks over the future of the crisis-hit BiFab yards, the Deputy First Minister has told MSPs.
The Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) workforce has taken to the streets of Edinburgh in protest over the loss of jobs at three sites across Scotland.
Workers at the crisis-hit BiFab yards are to march on Holyrood in bid to raise awareness of their plight.
Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse said today that everything that can be done is being done to safeguard jobs at Burntisland Fabrications and that he expects all partners to 'act in good faith'.
There was new hope today for workers of troubled Scottish engineering firm Bifab, which employs 1400 people across three sites.
Bosses at an offshore engineering firm at risk of entering administration say they remain hopeful a solution can be reached to secure the future of the business and its workforce.