Harland – Wolff buys BiFab, administrator Deloitte announces

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A buyer has been announced for the troubled BiFab business.

The administrator of Scottish manufacturing company Burntisland Fabrications Limited said today it has confirmed the sale of the business and assets to Harland & Wolff (Methil) Limited, a subsidiary of Infrastrata Plc.

BiFab has sites in Fife and the Isle of Lewis and entered administration in December, two years after a deal in which Canadian firm DF Barnes acquired the business for the sum of £4.

The Scottish Government invested £37 million in the company and became a minority shareholder.

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Gavin Park, restructuring director at Deloitte, said: “We are pleased to have agreed a sale of the business and the majority of the assets of BiFab to Infrastrata.

“This includes the transfer of all employees and licenses to occupy sites in Methil and on the Isle of Lewis. We wish them every success in the future.”

Calum Haggerty

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