Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus Brendan MacNeil has today (Monday November 13) spoken to Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy in his concerns about the workforce at Arnish.

The Minister has confirmed that work is ongoing with the lead developers SSE and others, the main contractors and Government accountants to do their upmost to keep the successful engineering company BiFab going.

Angus MacNeil said: “Clearly I am concerned for the jobs at Arnish and I know that many families will be very worried during this period of uncertainty.

“The lead developer SSE and the others, in conjunction with Copenhagen Partners and Red Rock have a huge part to play, as do the Royal Bank of Scotland, the main contractors Seaway Heavy Lifting, The Scottish Government and Price Waterhouse Cooper who are all working hard to find a solution. 

“I spoke with Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse MSP today who assured me that a lot of hard work is going on to prevent job losses and to secure the future for BiFab.

“The Minister assures me that The Scottish Government will leave no stone unturned and that the First Minister is anxious to see a good outcome for BiFab.

"Ultimately I feel that BiFab is a very good engineering company who have been caught on the hook of a complex contract.
“It is important to bridge them through this period as they will be successful on their own two feet in the future as well maintaining and developing skills in Scotland and on Lewis contributing to the national economy directly and indirectly on a big scale."

Meanwhile Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has spoken of the importance to the island economy of manufacturing jobs at the Arnish yard,  This follows the news that BiFab (Burntisland Fabrications) which operates the yard at Arnish, has confirmed it has filed its intention to go into administration as a result of “a challenging situation regarding its ongoing contracts.”

Alasdair Allan said: “This will be a distressing time for those employed at Arnish and their families.

“The Arnish yard is renowned for the quality of what it makes and the quality of the workforce. Last night, I spoke to Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, about this situation and impressed upon him the importance of these jobs to the island’s economy.

“The Scottish Government has engaged in discussions with the company and I have been given an assurance that they stand determined to fully explore all options to save the company and the jobs that depend on it“