Long says Harland and Wolff contract a major boost

Alliance East Belfast MLA Naomi Long has said a multi-million pound contract for Harland and Wolff is a major boost for the area.

The manufacturing company secured the contract, which it says will support 200 jobs, with wind farm developer Scottishpower Renewables. The engineering firm is to make 24 steel foundation jackets for wind turbines to be used in the North Sea. The work will take two years to complete.

“In a difficult market, this is a significant opportunity to secure employment and access new work streams for the people of East Belfast and beyond,” said Mrs Long.

“This news is a major boost for the local economy. East Belfast has a proud industrial heritage with Harland and Wolff and this contract is testament to the great work the company is still carrying out.

“The contract also shows the potential we have to capitalise on work involving the green economy, where there is the chance to create new jobs for our society.”

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