Owners of troubled Scottish firm Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) have claimed the company was effectively shut out of a £200 million wind turbine contract – despite being the lowest bidder for the project.
A deal handed to Belgian firm Smulders for the giant Moray East Offshore Wind Farm project has been confirmed as more than £200 million.
Burntisland Fabrication’s (BiFab) hopes of winning a substantial portion of a huge north-east fabrication contract was hanging in the balance last night as it emerged a Belgian firm is tipped to take the lion share of the deal.
A pledge of commitment by BiFab owner DF Barnes to all three Scottish yards "can only be good news", but the company will have to build a significant order pipeline, an offshore wind industry representative said.
Estonian company Marketex Offshore Constructions, a BLRT Grupp affiliate, has produced and delivered 21 anchors for the Aberdeen Bay windfarm project.
More than 120,000 tonnes of steelwork are currently in fabrication across the UK, Europe and Asia for the Beatrice offshore wind farm, its developer SSE has said.