By Rachel Mackenzie, Highlands and Islands Enterprise area manager in the Outer Hebrides

News that BiFab was awarded a new contract to produce 150 monopiles for the Moray East Offshore Windfarm development has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The announcement by Canadian company DF Barnes, the new owners of BiFab, confirms commitment in their efforts to bring work back to Arnish and has already created new jobs for 60 people and is set to create more. 

DF Barnes has considerable experience in manufacturing, machining and fabrication of complex offshore structures and systems across the world. The yard is in an excellent position to deliver part of this major contract and positions itself as a key player in the offshore wind supply chain.