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Scottish firm wins £12M wind farm contract

A Scottish firm was awarded a £12M contract for work on one of the world’s largest wind farms.

Fife-based Burntisland Fabrications Limited (BiFab) will design and manufacture two substation foundation structures for the Gwynt y Mind farm off Wales.

Managing director John Robertson said the contract with RWE npower renewables secured the company’s 390-strong workforce.

They will work alongside Irish shipyard Harland & Wolff on the project.

Robertson said: “The BiFab team is delighted to have secured this major deal.

“It is our first project with RWE and we hope it will be the start of a long-term relationship with the company.

“The jacket structures that support the offshore substations will be fabricated at the BiFab Methil facility, securing employment for 350 staff, while the foundation piles that secure the jackets to the seabed will be manufactured by the BiFab Arnish facility at Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.

“This will allow for the development of the facility of a pile manufacturing plant and will safeguard an additional 40 jobs.”

Gwynt y Ms to be built in Liverpool Bay, around 18km off the North Wales coast. Once complete, the site is expected to produce enough energy to power around 400,000 households.

Work will start immediately and BiFab’s contract is due to be completed in March 2012.

The two offshore platform “jackets” will enable the cables carrying the generated electricity from the 160 wind turbines to be connected to the offshore substations for onward transmission to substation at St Asaph.

The turbines will be operational by 2014.

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