Highlands & Islands Regional MSP, David Stewart has welcomed the news that the mothballed fabrication yard at Arnish has been brought back into use to help in the building of the 100 turbine Moray East windfarm scheme in the Moray Firth. It is understood that the work will create up to 60 jobs
Speaking today, David Stewart said ” at a time when we seem to be hearing about the loss of jobs within our more isolated and scattered communities, it is good to hear some positive news. We have the former oil rig construction yard at Kishorn on the West coast now engaged in the manufacturing of renewable energy components, decommissioning and support to the North Sea oil and gas sector. Now we have Arnish near Stornoway involved in the construction of windfarm structures creating more jobs which of course helps the local economy and community. I am hoping we have turned the corner with regards the down turn in the work that these facilities were able to secure and hopefully this era will herald a new beginning for these former oil construction yards as they bid for more and more renewable and energy related contracts.