June 3 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables will not award tier one steel work contracts for the 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm in Scottish waters to local suppliers despite union protests, the renewables arm of France’s EDF SA (EPA:EDF) said Friday.
The wind farm with 54 turbines will be constructed in the Firth of Forth off the east coast of Scotland. In a bid to support the local workforce, trade unions have launched a campaign urging EDF to award the contract for wind turbine jackets to nearby manufacturer Burntisland Fabrications Limited (BiFab), the BBC reported.
However, it seems that BiFab, owned by Canada’s D.F. Barnes Services Limited, will miss out on the contract, which Scottish newspaper The Courier says is worth GBP 2 billion (USD 2.5bn/EUR 2.3bn).
“We are currently in a structured procurement process and this starts with tier one contractors who will deliver large sub-packages of the project. No Scottish company currently has the capability to manufacture and supply all the steel work for the NnG project. This has also been confirmed by the management of Bi Fab and DF Barnes”, EDF Energy’s statement says.
EDF states that it is working to broker a deal with its tier one suppliers to use Scottish firms in the supply chain. The procurement process is still ongoing.
Several Scottish politicians have also joined the unions’ campaign to have the contract awarded to BiFab whose construction yards sit on the coast just 10 miles away from the offshore site.
According to The Courier, the unions say that the contract will be awarded to a company in Indonesia, a claim that EDF has refused to comment.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.26/EUR 1.13)