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Information for our suppliers and partners

Here are some of the partners we work with:

AMEC Foster Wheeler Group Limited

Clancy Docwra Limited

McNicholas Construction Services

Morrison Utility Services Limited

If you have any further queries relating to the pre-qualification process or working with UK Power Networks please contact us via the following email address: StrategicProcurement@ukpowernetworks.co.uk

Compliance with regulations 
As a utility operating in England, UK Power Networks must comply with the Utilities Contract Regulations 2016 which implement Directive 2014/25. The Regulations are intended to facilitate greater competition by opening up markets and require UK Power Networks to competitively tender works, goods and services above certain thresholds. The key aspect of the Utilities Contract Regulations 2016 is that any purchase made by UK Power Networks with an aggregate value which exceeds a declared threshold must be subject to a competitive tendering process.

UK Power Networks Services is exempt from the Utilities Contract Regulations but is still required to comply with competition law and best practice outlined in the UK Power Networks’ Policies and Procedures.

Pre-qualifications for suppliers
Pre-qualification ensures that suppliers of goods, works and services meet UK Power Networks’ required levels of health, safety, environment, quality, CDM capability, ethical, commercial and financial stability standards. 

All suppliers working for UK Power Networks must be registered with “Achilles” as a minimum standard of pre-qualification. RISQS is accepted in place of Achilles for suppliers working within the UK Power Networks’ Rail businesses. 

Suppliers undertaking “High Risk” activities on behalf of UK Power Networks must comply with the UK Power Networks’ Pre-qualification and Approval Procedure before they are put to work.  If you undertake high risk activities you must also undergo the Achilles Verify audit. 

All procurement activities represent a degree of risk to UK Power Networks. Risk is categorised into three categories – High, Medium or Low – as shown below

N.B All suppliers undertaking High Risk activity must complete UK Power Networks pre-qualification procedure and have a contract in place before any work commences.

High Risk
Includes but is not limited to:

  • Potentially dangerous activities e.g. working at height, on an electrical network, working in confined spaces
  • Activities working ‘on or near the network’
  • Working on UK Power Networks’ Assets
  • Suppliers where a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Environmental risk is identified
  • Where UK Power Networks accounts for 50% or more a contractor’s turnover
  • Designers/project managers who are accessing the UK Power Networks electrical sites
  • Suppliers who install equipment and general contractors
  • Suppliers who has access to UK Power Networks critical IT infrastructure, systems or information

Medium Risk
Any supplier that does not have a Health & Safety Risk within its scope of work but still presents a commercial risk to UK Power Networks.

Low Risk
Any supplier undertaking activities that pose little or no risk commercially and do not pose any Health & Safety Risk to UK Power Networks.

If you have any further queries relating to the pre-qualification process or working with UK Power Networks please contact us via the following email address;- StrategicProcurement@ukpowernetworks.co.uk