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24Feb94 UK: HYDRO-ELECTRIC TO TAKE AXE TO CONTRACTOR LIST.

Scottish electricity company Hydro-Electric has joined the growing ranks of clients seeking to cut dramatically the number of contractors they use.The company, which has a strong retail business selling and fitting central heating and metering devices, will unveil an 'HE-approved' list of installers in April.In the next few weeks it aims to winkle out 80 favoured firms from the 450 installers at present operating in Scotland.The move marks the latest step towards wholesale registration of firms in the services sector.Selected firms will need a proven track record and be members of the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting or the Electrical Contractors Association of Scotland.Approved installers will be trained to fit new equipment specified by Hydro-Electric, and given specialised customer service training.Graham Lawrence, Hydro-Electric's trade manager, said: 'As we expand as an overall energy company, the initial network of heating installers could be expanded to include others to work and advise customers in areas such as gas installation, or methods of insulation and energy conservation.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS