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SGB lands £10.6 million contract for Shell's Netherlands refinery complex


SCAFFOLDING and access giant SGB has landed a £10.6 million contract to provide access and insulation services at Shell's massive 570 ha refinery and chemicals manufacturing complex in The Netherlands.

The contract requires SGB, which claims to be the world's largest specialist access supplier, to provide powered access and scaffolding for installation and maintenance work over the next three years.

The company will provide scissor lifts, boom lifts and its Cuplok system scaffold to the site.

The contract marks a move into new contracting activities as SGB will also be installing thermal insulation, pipe-lagging and paint finishes to pipework and related structures as part of the deal.

SGB signed the contract just weeks after its parent firm acquired the business of Dutch insulation contractor Cleton, which has worked at the Shell site for almost 60 years.

This acquisition enabled SGB to offer insulation as an additional service at the site and thereby clinch the deal.

SGB operations director John Barrett said: 'SGB has also worked at the Shell Netherlands site for several years but the Cleton acquisition boosts our capabilities and has enabled us to offer Shell this additional service.'

Cleton turned over more than £26 million last year. It employs 400 people in 20 locations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

SGB's parent, Harsco Corporation, bought Cleton for £6 million late last month.

Major industrial customers such as Shell are increasingly expecting service providers to offer turnkey solutions, said Mr Barrett.

He added: 'We traditionally offer scaffolding services to the petrochemical and industrial sectors, but the industry is moving towards the joint supply of scaffolding, painting and insulation.

'This is a growing trend, particularly in mainland Europe.'

With the insulation services within its portfolio, SGB will be able to bid for more large-scale contracts in the industrial sector, said Mr Barrett.

He added: 'This is a very important contract. It significantly expands out industrial plant maintenance services capability.'

The contract will be administered by SGB's Northern European Operations team based at Helmond in the Netherlands.

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