ISLANDS MSP WELCOMES JOBS FOR ISLAND YARD

Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has welcomed today’s official announcement that work has returned to the Arnish fabrication yard in the Isle of Lewis.

82 jobs have been created after the yard’s operator BiFab was awarded a contract to produce piles worth up to £26.5 million as part of the Moray East Offshore Windfarm development.

Alasdair Allan MSP said:

“Arnish is an important economic asset for the island and I am delighted to see it officially re-open after a period when it had no work.

“82 jobs will have a big impact on an economy the size of Lewis. It is vitally important that we get a sustainable programme of work for Arnish that keeps people in secure employment for years to come. I know that the company is very attentive to this point and is working hard to source new contracts for the BiFab yards.

“DF Barnes have shown real commitment to Arnish since their involvement. I would also like to thank the Scottish Government for the collaborative work is has undertaken since BiFab was first threatened with administration to get us to where we are today.”

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