Contractors building the Forth Replacement Crossing have confirmed the steel for the project will be sourced outside Scotland, from Poland, Spain and China.
The Forth Crossing Bridge Contractors, made up of Morrison Construction, Dragados, Hochtief and American Bridge International, have ordered more than 37,000 tonnes of steel to be delivered to fabrication plants on the Forth banks.
No Scottish firms bid to supply the steel for the contract which will see more than 1,200 construction jobs created.
Minister for housing and transport, Keith Brown said: “The FRC is an absolutely essential project for Scotland’s sustainable economic growth. It is already creating jobs for Scottish people and sub-contract opportunities for Scottish firms and the realisation of these benefits will only accelerate during the five-year construction period.
“The FRC Principal Contract was procured under strict EU procurement law and awarded to FCBC at a price that delivered significant savings for Scotland’s capital budget.
“The steel fabricators that have successfully bid for these sub-contracts were included within FCBC’s original tender submission and I am content that its proposals for sourcing steel represent best value for money for the public purse and are acceptable within the terms of FCBC’s contract.”
All FRC related contracts are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland and the remaining five years of the construction process will offer many opportunities for Scottish businesses to work on the scheme.
FCBC project director Carlo Germani said: “Our procurement processes aimed to ensure maximum value for money and outstanding quality on the project and I’m pleased to say we have delivered that in the award of these steelwork contracts.
“The Forth Replacement Crossing is one of the most significant infrastructure projects under construction in the world today and I am very pleased we have managed to secure world class contractors for the supply of this steelwork.”
The first steel fabrication is taking place at Crist in Gdansk, Poland for 4,200 tonnes of steel to form the project’s massive caisson foundations.
Around 8,500 tonnes for the steel bridge sections will be fabricated at Tecade-Megusa in Seville, Spain and 24,500 tonnes will be fabricated at Zhenhua Heavy Industries in Shanghai, China.