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BiFab founder Robertson dies aged 60

Tributes paid to ‘wonderful man and stalwart of our industry’

John Robertson, the managing director and a founder of Scotland-based offshore platform builder Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab), has died aged 60.

The company said Robertson died on 24 August after a short illness. His funeral took place on Monday in Fife.

Robertson, a well-known figure in the UK oil and gas industry, helped form BiFab in 2001 when he led a management buyout of facilities previously owned by Norway’s Prosafe.

He is survived by wife Angela and the couple’s two children and two grandchildren.

Paying tribute, Terry Savage, chairman of the UK Fabricators Forum, which represents the sector, said: “John was a wonderful man and a stalwart of our industry. We will miss him greatly and share in Angela’s and his family’s loss.”

Robertson has been succeeded as managing director at BiFab by Martin Adam, who was previously operations director, the company said.

BiFab operates two facilities in Fife, at Methil and at Burntisland, both on the north bank of the Firth of Forth estuary.

A facility was also opened in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides in 2009.