First Minister agrees to raise concerns with Balfour Beatty on Kintore



8 March 2018



North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to intervene over Balfour Beatty’s plans to close its electricity substation design office at Kintore.

If closure of the office goes ahead, Balfour Beatty will no longer do this work for power companies such as SSE and Scottish Power anywhere in Scotland.

Lewis said:

“I welcome Nicola Sturgeon’s commitment that the Government will engage with Balfour Beatty on these proposals, and I will follow up on her commitment that Economy Secretary Keith Brown will report back on how the company responds.

“Balfour Beatty hold plenty of public sector contracts in Scotland, not least as a main partner in the multi-million pound contract for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

“They need to listen when concerns like these are raised in the Scottish Parliament.

“The workers and Unite the union have put forward a comprehensive and practical business plan for taking the company forward.

“Balfour Beatty should now sit down with staff and their trade union to discuss a positive future for Kintore.”