National Grid DSEAR Framework contract award

Sonae (UK) are delighted to announce the successful award of the National Grid DSEAR Framework.  After careful consideration, Sonae (UK) has been selected by National Grid as a DSEAR Framework partner to deliver the Hazardous Area inspections for DSEAR compliance and replacement of Non-compliant Electrical and Instrumentation equipment.

The DSEAR Framework will commence from 22nd August 2018 and will be let for an initial 3 year period with an option to extend for a further 2 years thereafter at increments to be agreed.

Various National Grid departments will utilise the Framework during the contract term including GTD Recovery Programme, Capital Delivery and GTD (New Installations), Operations and Network Engineering.

National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and are one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world.  The company played a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to millions of people across Great Britain and North Eastern United States in an efficient, reliable and safe manner.

The Gas Transmission network comprises 7,600km (4,760miles) of high-pressure pipeline, 24 compressor stations and above ground installations which allow the distribution of natural gas around the United Kingdom.

Sonae (UK) CEO, Paul Murphy announced ‘we welcome the opportunity of working with a ‘blue chip’ company such as National Grid under the DSEAR Framework as part of our continued and reliable growth’.

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Sonae (UK) achieves Achilles UVDB Verify Category B1 status as a registered supplier

Sonae (UK) has achieved the Achilles UVDB Category B1 status through assessment for Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality practices and procedures as a registered supplier on Verify.

The UVDB Verify Audit was introduced by the Achilles UVDB community to provide a higher level of pre-qualification assurance for buyers within the utilities sector.  The intent of the UVDB Verify Audit is to enable Achilles UVDB buyers access to a suitably pre-qualified supply chain that they can invite to tender.

The UVDB Verify Audit specifically looks at a Suppliers approach to Safety, Health, Environment, Quality and Corporate Social Responsibility.  The Verify protocol provides the Utilties companies an independent assessment of supplier’s management systems in each of the discipline areas both from an internal management system perspective as well as a test of the application onsite.  The results of the audits are published online and used by buying and compliance representatives within each subscribing utility.

The UVDB Verify Audit is clearly differentiated from the ISO certification in that it provides the buying organisations with a high level view of the existing management systems and supporting resources against community specific risk areas.

“The Achilles UVDB Verify B1 status is a stipulated contract condition within a number of contracts that the company have entered into, that the company must attain and retain Achilles UVDB B2/B1 Verify status for the duration of the contract period.  We are therefore delighted to have achieved the status as a registered supplier to compliment our existing ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 accreditations as a mark of quality providing further assurance to our customers of our service level commitments, explained Paul Murphy, CEO at Sonae (UK).”

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Sonae (UK) achieves NICEIC registration as an Approved Contractor and Hazardous Area Contractor

Sonae (UK) has achieved the NICEIC registration as an approved Contractor and Hazardous Area Contractor having been assessed as having the technical capability to carry out electrical installation work in accordance with the requirements of BS7671 (IET Wiring Regulations), including areas where potentially explosive atmospheres may be present.

Contractors registered by NICEIC are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are competent and capable of meeting the relevant technical and safety standards, codes of practice and rules of the scheme they are registered to.

Contractors are assessed against their management systems, procedures, documentation and relevant qualifications and experience of personnel for the specific types of Hazardous Area work undertaken.

Sonae (UK), CEO Paul Murphy will be appointed as Principal Duty Holder under the registration and Technical Director ‘Philip Lamb’ as Qualified Supervisor (Hazardous Areas) to take responsibility for the electrical work undertaken in both safe areas and potentially explosive atmospheres.

“The registration with NICEIC as an approved contractor and hazardous area contractor provide assurance to clients of our technical competency to deliver electrical and instrumentation installations to industry standards in potentially explosive atmospheres,” explained Paul Murphy Sonae (UK) CEO.

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Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life

Sonae (UK) are very proud to announce the entry of Health and Safety Advisor, Rumbi Gwaze and finance officer, Georgia Wallace in the first of this year’s Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life held at Victoria Park, Warrington.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer.

The 5k ‘Pretty Muddy’ event was completed by Rumbi and Georgia in record time with support from Sonae (UK) family members and friends.

With a matched funding scheme offered by the company by matching the money raised by the employees, both ‘Rumbi’ and ‘Georgia’ raised a combined £663.00 towards a very worthy cause.

Well done and congratulations to all concerned.

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Sonae (UK) achieves ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification

Sonae (UK) has achieved ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System and OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety certification for its integrated management system.

The certification was awarded by UKAS accredited BM TRADA (Exova) to the updated 2015 standard with the help and support of Quality Assurance consultant QEM Solutions.

The certification provides assurance to its clients of the commitment to Quality, Environment and Health & Safety by demonstrating the certified management system, which has been independently audited by a UKAS accredited auditor as meeting the requirements of the standards.

“We are delighted to have achieved the accreditation as recognition of all the hard work and great customer service levels provided by the team,” explained Paul Murphy, CEO at Sonae (UK).  “There is no doubt the implementation of the integrated management system to achieve the certification has resulted in increased efficiency, accurate decision making and higher levels of customer satisfaction.  I am confident that we will continue to improve our service levels as we grow as a business under the ISO standards.”

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