After securing some of the most prestigious and demanding painting contracts in the UK, Wood Group Industrial Services Limited has committed itself to playing a part in the global move towards a more sustainable and lower carbon economy
Wood Group Industrial Services (WGIS) is a leading provider of a range of specialist industrial support and fabric maintenance services to support the construction, maintenance, de-commissioning and replacement of major industrial assets. Its services include protective coatings, fabric maintenance, insulation installment, construction and heat treatment. WGIS operates across the following strategic sectors: Marine, Oil and Gas, Process and Energy, Infrastructure – Rail and Highways, Civil Engineering, Chemical and Industrial and Utilities.
Operating in more than 50 countries, Wood Group is an international energy services company with over $7bn sales. The Group has three businesses – Wood Group PSN, Wood Group Kenny and Wood Group Mustang – providing a range of engineering, production support and maintenance management services worldwide. Wood Group Industrial Services Limited is a division of Wood Group PSN. The company was founded in 1973 and in over 40 years of operation WGIS has become one of the United Kingdom’s foremost suppliers of multi-discipline industrial services. Today the company employs in excess of 2000 people with annual revenues of over £135m in 2015 and a secured order book in excess of £200m.
Engineering, project management, construction, hook-up and commissioning, industrial services and integrity management are included in WGIS’ core service offerings. The company has specific expertise in the provision of protective coating application services. It is this expertise, combined with the ability to provide a number of complementary services that has made Wood Group Industrial Services Ltd a UK market leader in complex protective coating projects. This has enabled the company to secure many prestigious and demanding painting contracts including some of the largest and most iconic bridges in the country, alongside industrial sites and petrochemical complexes. Also, WGIS has been the leading marine painting contractor for the Royal Navy for the past 20 years. The company was awarded the contract in 2009 through Ship Support Services to provide all of the painting services on the new build project, constructing the Royal Navy’s latest warships, the two Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.
At the end of 2015 Wood Group Industrial Services was also contracted by BAE Systems working at Portsmouth Dockyard to provide a range of painting services on HMS Victory, the famous flagship of the First Sea Lord, as part of her major refurbishment. Wood Group has recently secured a new three-year contract with Shell, to deliver industrial services to the St Fergus gas processing plant in Aberdeenshire and the Mossmorran gas processing plant and Braefoot Bay marine terminal in Fife, Scotland. WGIS will provide fabric integrity maintenance and site support under the contract. Also, Wood Group has been awarded a new five year framework contract with a five year extension option, valued at approximately £85 million, by Babcock International to deliver industrial services to a number of its sites across the Group. The contract will also be delivered by WGIS.
Wood Group Industrial Services has extensive experience in the delivery of specialist infrastructure support services and has been associated with some of the most challenging transport infrastructure refurbishment projects in the country. Its expertise in providing specialist access and protective coatings solutions for the iconic Forth Rail Bridge and Tower Bridge are representative of an innovative approach involving single source technical support services. This includes comprehensive engineering assessments to determine appropriate surface cleaning, preparation and coating systems.
The seven core values at the heart of Wood Group includes: safety and assurance with a focus on assuring the safety of everything it designs, constructs, operates and maintains; having strong relationships with customers, business partners and suppliers; social responsibility which involves hiring local people and working with local supply chains where possible; treating people with honesty, compassion and respect; innovation through the encouragement of challenging current practices and sharing new ideas; financial responsibility and integrity. “Core Values are the DNA of our business – they’re a global gold standard that guides our thinking, determines our behaviour, and allows us to adapt to local needs,” commented Robin Watson, Wood Group chief executive.
Achieving health and safety excellence is also at the core of Wood Group Industrial Services’ business strategy. The company believes that effective safety, health and environmental management significantly contribute to its business performance in addition to the well being of all its employees. Despite Wood Group’s excellent safety record, it still aims to do more to further improve HSE standards. The Zero Harm campaign has been introduced as part of a zero tolerance stance on health, safety and environmental incidents and accidents. This includes the provision of targets and training supported by management audits to ensure that lessons learnt are being successfully applied across all of the company’s activities. Wood Group’s ‘Safety Cocoon’ is the foundation of its approach to protecting people. The Safety Cocoon features four layers that focus on hazard awareness, safety training and behavioural standards and lifesaving rules.
All Wood Group personnel are required to uphold high ethical, legal and business standards wherever in the world their business activities take them. WGIS also requires those with whom it does business to embrace similar standards and values. It is the stated policy of Wood Group Industrial Services Limited to treat all personnel (and potential personnel) in a fair and consistent manner and not to discriminate unlawfully on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, disability, age, pregnancy or any other status or basis protected by law (“the grounds of discrimination”). The Company shall always appoint, train, develop, and promote on the basis of merit, ability and suitability for work only.
Together with its customers, business partners and suppliers Wood Group is committed to playing its part in the global move towards a more sustainable and lower carbon economy. Wood Group will minimise the adverse environmental impact of its activities and work with its customers to minimise theirs. To achieve this the company has integrated its core values into its decision-making process so that economic, social and environmental issues are considered. Risks and opportunities associated with climate change are reviewed and managed with adaptation measures implemented in line with Wood Group’s business strategy. It will continue to integrate initiatives of resources efficiency, waste minimisation, GHG emissions reductions and prevention of environmental pollution whilst improving the business practices and engineering solutions.