Doosan Babcock: Decision to Close Renfrew Facility 'Not Taken Lightly'

Doosan Babcock: Decision to Close Renfrew Facility 'Not Taken Lightly'
The decision to close Doosan Babcock's Renfrew manufacturing facility was not taken lightly, a company spokesperson said in a statement sent to Rigzone.

The decision to close Doosan Babcock’s Renfrew manufacturing facility was not taken lightly, a company spokesperson said in a statement sent to Rigzone.

“In the face of an ever increasingly challenging market place, the decision to close the manufacturing facility in Renfrew was not taken lightly,” the spokesperson said.

“The order backlog for the facility was projected for completion [in] March/April 2017, and in order to fulfil existing contracts with our customers we have introduced a completion bonus for our affected employees,” the representative added.

The company is currently seeking ‘new opportunities’ for anyone affected by the closure.

“We are in on-going discussions with Scottish Enterprise on investigating options for the facility and how we can reduce the overall impact,” the spokesperson said.

“We are actively seeking new opportunities for those affected by the closure across the wider business and externally through our working partnership with PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment),” the spokesperson added.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, UK union Unite called on the Scottish Government to help get answers over job cuts at Doosan Babcock, a services firm supporting the oil and gas industry.

Doosan Babcock announced plans last November to cut around 270 staff at its offices and manufacturing facility in Renfrew, Scotland.

“More and more, we believe the company has made a mistake in pushing ahead with these closure plans,” Unite Regional Officer Alison MacLean said.

“Instead of a snap reaction to short-term market conditions, they should be thinking ahead and planning for the future,” MacLean added.

A graduate in journalism from Cardiff University, Andreas has eight years of experience as a business journalist. Email Andreas at andreas.exarheas@rigzone.com

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