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Ministers urged to intervene to keep Shetland windfarm jobs in UK

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

  • Dubai’s Lamprell has signed a deal to fabricate 200 generators for the farms
  • GMB union has criticised the Government’s Energy Security Strategy

Ministers have been urged to intervene to keep renewable vitality jobs in the UK after an enormous 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 generators for the farms, to be put in 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

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

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

Gary Smith, GMB common secretary, stated: ‘It’s a nationwide scandal that UK employees and communities are being compelled to watch as multi-billion pound contracts for offshore wind farms are despatched abroad to corporations in authoritarian regimes.’ 

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

It needs emergency laws to cease work going overseas. 

Lamprell is listed in London however a lot of its work is targeted in the Middle East.

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