The engineering firm, BiFab has signed a new contract with Premier Oil to construct a new production platform, which contractors could benefit from as new job opportunities will be created.
BiFab (Burntisland Fabrications) is set to double its Fife workforce before the end of the year, which will lead to an additional 350 new jobs available for both freelancers and permanent workers.
Contractors working in the sector may be interested to hear that once the platform, built for 135m of water, has been completed it will be one of the tallest structures made in Scotland and is due to float out to Premiers Oil’s Solan oil field in April 2014.
BiFab managing director, John Robertson, said: “The two contracts were won we believe, not only due to a commercially attractive bid, but also due to the ability and experience of BiFab’s management and workforce to deliver a quality product, on schedule and with a good safety culture.
“This latest success enhances BiFab’s growing reputation as a major manufacturer of topsides and jackets for the North Sea.
“BiFab is known as one of the largest manufacturers of jacket sub-structures for offshore wind turbines but this is the largest jacket to date for the oil and gas sector.”
Prime Minister David Cameron praised workers during his visit to the Fife site, he said, “Our economy had become far too reliant on financial services and banking, rather than actually making things.
“And here what you’re going to be doing over these coming years, if everything goes well in the oil sector and the renewables sector, is really important, high-quality manufacturing.
“I think that’s something to celebrate and something to stand up for.”