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BUILDING firm Keepmoat has won a £2.3 million contract from North Ayrshire Council to refurbish a sheltered housing complex in Ardrossan.

The site, at the town’s Currie Court, was formerly occupied by three units – sheltered housing, a linked residential unit and a day care centre. The existing sheltered housing complex is being completely refurbished, with new kitchens and wet rooms, as well as the upgrading of residents’ communal areas.

Keepmoat, which has offices in Cambuslang and Linwood, said that its order book has grown by more than £20m since the start of the year.

Shell picks Hatrick Bruce for St Fergus

Hatrick Bruce, part of the Fife-based Purvis Group, has been awarded a contract at Shell’s St Fergus gas terminal in Aberdeenshire that could be worth up to £2 million.

Under the deal, the building contractor will provide additional engineering services at the Peterhead site as part of a wider project being led by Aberdeen-based energy services giant Wood Group.

News of the contract comes as Milnathort-based Hatrick Bruce marks 30 years working at Shell’s Mossmorran gas plant in Fife, which has helped the firm to grow its headcount to 60.

MiiCard secures job deal with recruiter

ONLINE identity proofing service MiiCard has signed a deal for its system to be used by Safe Screening, a Leicester-based pre-employment screening company.

The Edinburgh-based firm, which last year signed up former Royal Bank of Scotland group technical director Stephen Brannan as its chairman, said the deal would help Safe Screening to verify the identities of candidates who are applying for jobs.

IQ Capital, New Wave Ventures and Par Equity together pumped in £1.6 million of funding in April, 2012.

Ineos eyes US shale gas at Grangemouth

CHEMICALS giant Ineos is reportedly in talks to bring shale gas from the United States to be processed into plastics at its facility in Grangemouth.

If the deal goes ahead, it is thought it would be the first time that shale gas or oil has been processed in Scotland.

Ineos already has plans to import shale gas from Virginia to its facility in Norway in 2015.

Bringing ethane gas into Grangemouth to turn it into ethylene and other products could secure 100 jobs at the site. Gas from the North Sea is currently used at the plastics facility.