Ministers urged to intervene to keep Shetland windfarm jobs in UK


Ministers urged to intervene to keep renewable energy jobs in UK after big contract for floating wind farms given to Middle East-based group

Ministers have been urged to intervene to keep renewable energy jobs in the UK after a big contract for floating wind farms was given to a Middle East-based group. 

Dubai-based Lamprell signed an early stage deal this month to fabricate 200 turbines for the farms, to be installed west of Shetland. 

Vanishing act: Dubai-based Lamprell signed an early stage deal this month to fabricate 200 turbines for the farms, to be installed west of Shetland

But the GMB union said the deal meant the Government’s Energy Security Strategy had ‘fallen at the first hurdle’ as UK workers missed out on jobs on the multi-billion pound project. 

Gary Smith, GMB general secretary, said: ‘It’s a national scandal that UK workers and communities are being forced to watch as multi-billion pound contracts for offshore wind farms are sent overseas to companies in authoritarian regimes.’ 

The union has written to politicians in Westminster and Holyrood calling for a joint review. 

It wants emergency legislation to stop work going abroad. 

Lamprell is listed in London but much of its work is focused in the Middle East.

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