There are signs of new life at the Lewis yard of fabrications company BiFab, with the imminent unloading of steel plate to begin construction on a new contract at the Arnish yard.
The work is reportedly on construction for the Moray Offshore Windfarm (East), due to be operational by 2022 and capable of powering 950,000 UK households.
The £2.6 billion investment will use the Port of Cromarty Firth as its intermediate port of construction but is reportedly contracting work to other yards.
The steel was delivered to Stornoway by the Antiguan-flagged cargo vessel Fehn Cape, which is now moored off Arnish for unloading. Further deliveries, including of piles, which are being sent from Korea, are expected over the coming weeks.
Last week (February 21st) the Canadian fabrication company JV Driver tweeted an update on training at Arnish.
JV Driver acquired a controlling stake in BiFab last year through its subsidiary DF Barnes. The Scottish Government also has a minority share of the company.
The pictures show the cargo vessel Fehn Cape in Stornoway today (Stornoway Shipping Services)
On Tuesday February 26th:
Highlands & Islands Regional MSP, David Stewart welcomed the news that the mothballed fabrication yard at Arnish has been brought back into use to help in the building of the 100 turbine Moray East windfarm scheme in the Moray Firth. It is understood that the work will create up to 60 jobs
David Stewart said " at a time when we seem to be hearing about the loss of jobs within our more isolated and scattered communities, it is good to hear some positive news. We have the former oil rig construction yard at Kishorn on the West coast now engaged in the manufacturing of renewable energy components, decommissioning and support to the North Sea oil and gas sector.
"Now we have Arnish near Stornoway involved in the construction of windfarm structures creating more jobs which of course helps the local economy and community. I am hoping we have turned the corner with regards the down turn in the work that these facilities were able to secure and hopefully this era will herald a new beginning for these former oil construction yards as they bid for more and more renewables and energy-related contracts."