Jobs boost for Fife company is vote of confidence

The announcement of 350 new jobs at the Fife based Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab), doubling the company’s workforce, has been hailed as a massive vote of confidence in the company.

Premier Oil, which is developing an oil field west of Shetland, has awarded two contracts to BiFab to construct structures for an oil platform at its sites in Burntisland, Methil and Arnish on the Isle of Lewis.

Burntisland Fabrications have indicated that the award of these contracts will allow the company to continue its highly successful apprenticeship programme, which sees BiFab continually take on 50 apprentices in a rolling programme.

Commenting, SNP MSP David Torrance who represents both Burntisland and Methil said:

“These contracts are a massive vote of confidence in BiFab and a hugely significant boost to Methil and Burntisland.

“The creation of a significant number of additional high-quality jobs in these communities is great news for everyone in the local area.

“It clearly shows the importance which the North Sea oil & gas industry continues to have for the economy of every part of Scotland.

“Earlier this year the SNP Government launched an oil & gas strategy to maximise investment in the industry in Scotland.

“I am confident that this strategy will lead to further significant investments like today’s announcement. It is an approach which will stand us in good stead and is in stark contrast to a UK Government which has treated the industry as a cash cow to be perpetually squeezed for far too long.”

Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, added:

"This is great news for everyone living and working on the Western Isles as it will bring jobs and help grow the local economy.”