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BiFab wins £100m contract for Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm

16 June 2016

Burntisland Fabrications Ltd has been awarded the contract to supply wind turbine 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 jackets ready for delivery August 2017
  • 16 jackets 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 tonnes 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.”