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Contractor is barred from bids over safety

Transco suspends Entrepose from top jobs

PIPELINE contractor Entrepose has been suspended from bidding for major schemes by National Grid Transco after a string of safety incidents on a job in Scotland.

Entrepose is the main contractor on the £50 million Aberdeen to Lochside pipeline scheme but a recent spate of safety incidents prompted NGT to write to the firm on July 6 suspending its tier one status (its eligibility to bid for major Transco schemes).

One industry insider said: 'They haven't been having the best of times up there.

'A couple of workers have broken their feet and there was an incident where a piece of plant fell into a trench.'

An NGT spokeswoman said: 'They are still working on the job but we have asked them to draw up an immediate action plan, put measures in place and carry out a review of their working procedures.

'We were concerned because there were one or two incidents in close proximity to each other.

'They have gone back to their method statements and are looking at their toolbox talks.We will review the situation again in three months.'

Entrepose is a tier one contractor for Transco's major schemes along with Murphy, Laing O'Rourke, and a joint venture between Dutch firm Nacap and Lawrence.

Although it is suspended from major schemes, the firm is still able to bid for smaller projects from NGT.

Despite the safety incidents, NGT's spokeswoman added that that the 50 km pipeline was still on schedule and is due for commissioning in October.

Entrepose managing director Nicholas Dansette said: 'Our relationships with Transco are commercially confidential but we are still tendering for work from them at the moment.

'We are always concerned when people are hurt working on our sites because it is not acceptable.

'We are drawing the lessons learned from these incidents as the main contractor and working very closely with the client to improve safety.'