BAE Systems is considering two alternatives to expand its shipyards in Scotland

Scottish shipyard expansion tender to open next week

Proposals for a £200m state-of-the-art facility at a BAE Systems shipyard in Scotland will be put out to tender next week.

Details of the two proposals, one involving a construction of a single state-of-the art manufacturing facility at Scotstoun and the other suggesting renovation and expansion of two existing facilities at Govan and Scotstoun, were announced earlier this year.

"In February we unveiled two proposals which are still under way and being progressed,” a BAE Systems spokeswoman said. "The tender for Scotstoun will be going out shortly as part of the process."

The single-site project comes with a £200m budget and involves building a completely new facility including a new 330m covered modern dock hall, steelwork preparation facility, steelwork fabrication facility, paint cell, supporting offices and employee welfare facilities and a quay, which would enable ship blocks and equipment to be transported by sea.

Construction under this option would be expected to begin in January and continue until 2017.

The second option, a £100m two-site strategy, involves upgrades to the dry docks at Scotstoun and building new shipbuilding halls at Govan. A new paint cell and outfit hall would also be constructed and the existing berth would be levelled to create a new transfer quay.

If this option were selected, construction would be expected to begin at Govan from February 2015 until 2017, whilst work at Scotstoun would take place from 2017 to 2018.

Planning applications have been lodged for both proposals, neither of which is expected to lead to job losses.

The first option, the £200m new construction at Scotscoun, would raise questions about the future of the Govan yard beyond 2018 when the aircraft carrier programme and construction of three offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Navy will be completed.

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