Don’t give up on hopes of a future for Arnish yard, says Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil, as yard operator Bifab enters administration.

Mr MacNeil has been in regular contact with the local workers, HIE, the Scottish Government and the UK Government regarding the future of Bifab regularly over the last three years when concerns first arose.

He has been disappointed by the actions of the UK Government over Contracts for Difference (CfD) and unfortunately there is no legal route for the Scottish Government to assist.

Mr MacNeil said: “It is a huge pity that this has happened but for as long as the UK Government didn’t ensure these Contracts for Difference (CfDs) contracts remained here, they were allowed to go overseas. This difficulty was always on the cards. 

“I have no doubt that people will be interested in Arnish yard, as many quarters have told me of the quality work and the good work culture there.

“However, such interest will be at a very early stage and people understandably have to remain tight lipped and we can hope things develop well for the future.”