Work to complete a major engineering contract at the Arnish yard of BiFab is continuing on schedule, according to the on-site project manager.
Workers started in March on the task of building 100 piles for the Moray East Offshore Windfarm, securing jobs at the Lewis site for the majority of this year.
BiFab’s Canadian owner DF Barnes secured the contract and is still seeking further opportunities for the workers. They describe the Arnish yard as one of the best equipped in the company.
But unions said in October that workers were continuing under threat of redundancy. Unite and the GMB reported that six-week redundancy notices had been issued to the employees and described the news as “a major blow to the workers who have had to endure so much uncertainty over recent years.”
DF Barnes denied the claims and said it had issued no notices to staff. A source close to the Newfoundland-based firm told the industry journal Energy Voice that “no redundancies have been issued” to the BiFab workforce.
Despite the continuing uncertainty, work on the major contract is going ahead well. Project manager Ian Potts told welovestornoway.com today (Thursday November 7th) “We have so far loaded out 21 completed piles and are on schedule to complete the manufacturing elements by end of November, with the final loadouts through the first two weeks of December, subject to weather.
“In addition we have taken on a very small bit of work for Quinn Drilling who are doing work on the new Stornoway Marina. That is a very minor piece of work - just four small piles to be modified.”