Arnish contract welcomed on Lewis

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The Arnish fabrication yard on the Isle of Lewis has won a contract to build parts for an energy project.

This is the yard’s first external deal since it was taken over in February this year by Harland and Wolff Group Holdings plc and involves building four steel section piles for a subsea template of a project in the Black Sea.

A company spokesperson said: ‘This key win validates the company’s strategy of getting Arnish ready for the wider renewables sector in the UK,’ adding that its management believes additional deals ‘will flow through Arnish in the coming weeks and months’.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan welcomed the announcement which was made on Tuesday October 19.

‘The Arnish yard is a hugely important economic asset for the Western Isles and is renowned for the quality of its workforce and what it produces,’ he said.

‘After a turbulent few years, it is reassuring to see the yard has now been awarded a new external contract, with the view of more work being secured over the coming months to ensure its sustainability.’

It is expected manufacturing for the new contract will begin immediately and last around four-and-a-half months.