Production is gearing up at the Arnish fabrication yard, with a delivery expected tomorrow (Thursday March 28th) of almost 1,000 tonnes of steel.

The load is expected to be delivered from Glasgow, weather permitting, aboard the Latvian-registered cargo vessel Liva Greta.

Earlier this month the mothballed Arnish yard was brought back into use as D F Barnes, the Canadian parent company of operators BiFab, announced a fabrication contract for piles, to be used offshore during construction of the 100-turbine Moray East wind farm.

Up to 82 ‘good quality’ jobs are expected to be created at the Stornoway yard by the peak of the contract, according to Scottish Government energy minister Paul Wheelhouse.