LONDON�Consafe Engineering UK Ltd. Tuesday decided to close its Burntisland construction yard in Fife, Scotland, after the hoped-for upturn in the North Sea fabrication market failed to materialize. The Prosafe ASA Group subsidiary will focus on its core business of turnkey accommodation modules and associate products.
"There is simply not enough work to sustain the current fabrication market capacity in the UK," said Consafe, noting that several of the UK yards that so far have evaded closure are operating on a care and maintenance basis.
"Over the past 18 months, the Burntisland operation has been anxiously awaiting an improvement in the fabrication market in the UK," said Consafe. "However, the point has now been reached where continued support is no longer appropriate and the decision to close has been taken."
Consafe will continue to operate from bases in Aberdeen, Baku, and Houston.