Burntisland Fabrications Ltd has been awarded the contract to supply WTG jacket substructures for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Development.

This latest award is for the manufacture of 26 offshore jacket substructures for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Development in the “Outer” Moray Firth on the North Western point of the Smith Bank, approximately 13 km off the Caithness coastline. The development site will cover an approximate area of up to 130km and will consist of 84 WTG Jacket Substructures for turbines with a projected total capacity 588 MW.

The fabrication contract which was awarded to BiFab by the EPCI Contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting, is due for delivery in two campaigns.

10 off structures ready for delivery August 2017

16 off structures ready for delivery April 2018

The BiFab proposal for delivering the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Project is based on utilising a percentage of capacity at all three BiFab facilities at Arnish and Burntisland, with final assembly and loadout from the BiFab Methil facility.

John Robertson, BiFab Managing Director stated,

“ We are delighted that BiFab has been selected as part of the supply chain for this major UK Infrastructure project. BiFab manufactured the two Beatrice demonstrators in 2006, and we have been monitoring closely the development of the Beatrice Project over the last 10 years. We are very pleased that SSE and their partners are moving forward with the full development of the Beatrice Project.

The BiFab scope is based on 26 off structures. This is 22,500 T of steel fabrication which is a major project award for the BiFab management team and workforce, giving the company a base load of work through to April 2018.

The award of this project compliments and strengthens our ambition to set up one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities for the supply of substructures for the offshore wind industry. The BiFab facilities can produce over 80 jacket substructures per year.

Work on the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Project will start immediately. We currently have a total workforce of around 500 working on a number of projects for the oil and gas sector.

Recognising the future demands for a highly skilled work force, BiFab implemented an apprenticeship training scheme during 2007 and to date we have trained over 100 apprentices. We currently have 37 apprentices participating in this scheme and hopefully due to the Beatrice Project this can be increased during early 2017, with approximately 10 additional apprentices joining the company.

Our management team and workforce have been working extremely hard to win the Beatrice Project contract and its award demonstrates a high level of confidence by Seaway Heavy Lifting in what BiFab can offer”.

Jan-Willem van der Graaff, Chief Executive Officer SHL stated,

“ SHL is very pleased to be able to place this substantial order with BiFab and in doing so to support the local Scottish supply chain. We look forward to a successful working relationship with the BiFab team on this Contract.”


Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse said:

“I am delighted that, yet another key Scottish supply chain company,  Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab) has also secured a contract resulting from the 588MW Beatrice Offshore Windfarm – a windfarm that will generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 450,000 homes.

“By winning this £100m contract to provide 26 jacket substructures, BiFab will be able to cement their position as a key supplier to a new offshore wind industry and utilise their facilities in Fife and in the Western Isles to further spread, across Scotland, the economic benefits arising from this exciting, £2.6Bn offshore wind development.”

HIE has provided significant investment in the Arnish facility to make sure the latest upgrades are suitable for the growing marine renewables sector.

Charlotte Wright, director of business and sector development, said: “This further demonstrates the region’s capability to support the offshore wind sector and the BOWL project specifically.  BiFab with its skilled workforce at Arnish is in an excellent position to deliver part of this major contract and today’s announcement will be welcomed in the Outer Hebrides, positioning it as key player in the offshore wind supply chain.”

Source credit: http://www.bifab.co.uk/view/news.aspx?newsid=34

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