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SNP blasted after wind farm deal collapses

TRADE unions and politicians rounded on the Scottish government yesterday after a deal to build structures for a £2 billion offshore wind farm collapsed. 

Burntisland Fabrications was due to manufacture eight turbine jackets in Fife as part of a project developed by EDF Renewables.

The Scottish government said it would continue to do everything it could to support the business, while EDF said no decision had yet been made.

But GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith and Unite Scotland secretary Pat Rafferty used a joint statement to criticise the “political failure.”

They said: “It looks like the Scottish government ministers have walked away from our best chance of building a meaningful offshore wind manufacturing sector, and in doing so have extinguished the hopes of communities in Fife and Lewis who were banking their future prosperity on it.”

Scottish Labour’s Richard Leonard also hit out, saying it was a “triumph” for market forces “at the expense of working people.”

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