Actavo Industrial Solutions secures two-year contract extension petrochemical plant

Actavo | Industrial Solutions was originally appointed as the resident scaffolding, insulation and painting (SIPs) team by INEOS Olefins and Polymers Europe at its Grangemouth facility for a three-year period, Actavo has now had its contract extended for a further two years.

At Grangemouth in Stirlingshire, the Actavo team is working with Petroineos, an INEOS joint venture company, which operates Scotland’s only crude oil refinery as well as petrochemical plants. The plant produces 210,000 barrels of crude oil per day and one million tonnes per annum of products such as synthetic ethanol, ethylene, propylene and polymers.

Actavo has a team of 448 operatives based on the site, providing access services and carrying out ongoing application of protective coatings, including a wide range of anti-corrosion and tank linings, and insulation on the plant.

The work began in 2013 and the extension to the contract will now see the team remaining onsite until 2018. A combination of cost competitiveness, high performance levels and the ability to innovate are among the factors that have helped to secure the additional business.

Actavo divisional director, Petrochemical Oil & Gas, Shaun Greaves, says: “The key factor in the success of our partnership with INEOS has been our ability to innovate as the contract has progressed. Working alongside businesses in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries, we are acutely aware of the need to deliver solutions that meet tight timescales and budgets. We are always looking for new and more efficient ways of doing things which can make a time difference on projects without compromising either quality or safety.”

During the course of the Grangemouth contract, Actavo has demonstrated a number of ways of raising performance levels whilst making cost savings. One example is a ‘tracker’, a reporting system which is an adaptable tool used for transition planning, quality management, asset and equipment management, as well as productivity analysis.  Working with INEOS, Actavo has also developed a contract-specific quality assurance scheme.

Safety is another key factor, with the necessity for working at height in what can often be adverse weather conditions.

Shaun Greaves added: “As experts in working at height, our business is driven by safety and, at Grangemouth, we have implemented a range of initiatives that have helped improve the site safety record.”

Initiatives include site and plant-specific safety schemes with training and issue awareness being an integral part of the relationship between Actavo and INEOS. The result has been a significant reduction in accidents and first aid incidents at the site.

Commenting on the achievement of the contract extension, CEO of Actavo | Industrial Division, Chris Foulkes, said: “I would like to congratulate the whole team whose ongoing efforts have cemented our relationship with INEOS on this contract.  This exemplifies our philosophy of continuously raising performance levels to the benefit of our business partnerships.”