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JOBS SAVED AT HISTORIC BELFAST SHIPYARD

Thursday, October 3, 2019 

A UK company, InfraStrata, specialising in strategic infrastructure projects has agreed the purchase of the principal assets of Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited and Harland and Wolff Group Plc for a total consideration of 6 million.

The assets comprise a multi-purpose fabrication facility, quaysides and docking facilities in the port of Belfast. The acquisition will enable InfraStrata to bring in-house a large part of the fabrication requirements for the company’s Islandmagee Gas Storage Project and proposed FSRU project. ALthough this looks like an end to shipbuilding in Belfast, it does preserve the yard as a working entity.

The current workforce of 79 employees will be retained, while InfraStrata says it plans to significantly increase jobs by several hundred over the next five years as it progresses the development of its infrastructure projects.

John Wood, CEO of InfraStrata, said: “Harland and Wolff is a landmark asset and its reputation as one of the finest multi-purpose fabrication facilities in Europe is testament to its highly skilled team in Belfast. This acquisition is a function of deep operational synergies between the various business segments of the Company with Harland and Wolff underpinning the construction economics of the Islandmagee Gas Storage Project and other future Projects. We are delighted to be able to retain 100% of personnel who did not opt to take voluntary redundancy earlier this year.

“Our Islandmagee Gas Storage Project will benefit greatly from their expertise in the energy sector, both technically and economically, and we look forward to growing the workforce significantly in the coming years. While our core priority will be to deliver our flagship project in Islandmagee, we believe there are opportunities to welcome potential new clients due to the diverse skill set at the facility. This acquisition will clearly provide substantial advantages through vertical integration in addition to demonstrating our commitment to the Northern Irish economy, particularly in the post-Brexit era.”

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