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The Energy Chamber would
like to congratulate Kennicon
Engineering Ltd for achieving
a major milestone and the
distinction of being the first
company under the Safe-to-
Work (STOW) programme to get a perfect
score of 100 per cent. The company gained
the perfect score in all 11 elements of its
STOW re-certification audit earlier this year.
What makes the feat more noteworthy is
that Kennicon is a medium-sized local energy
services company. The company s manage-
ment has continuously showed their dedi-
cation to the highest HSE standards. Ken-
nicon s managing director and HSEQ
manager Nazamudin Mohamed said a culture
of safety was ingrained in his company and
they already plan on maintaining their high
"We will continue to revise our goals and
targets annually and police the system and
management commitment will continue to
be 100 per cent," he reiterated.
In 1999, Kennicon became the second
company in their line of business to achieve
ISO 9001:1994E certification.
After this success, the company immedi-
ately followed up to declare themselves ISO
14001 compliant, they then went on to
become certified to the American Petroleum
Institute (API) QI 7th Edition in 2002 and
the ISO/TS 29001 international certification
in the same year.
The company was awarded the Prime Min-
ister s Award for Services in 1999, the Prime
Minister s Award for Construction Material
in 2000, the Robert Montano Award for
Excellence in Services in the same year and
the Business Award for Excellence in 2005.
Interestingly, Kennicon s success is also
as a direct result of lending assistance to
their customers and suppliers. Having gone
through two STOW certification audits, the
company began offering help to their cus-
tomers and suppliers with STOW pre-assess-
ments or mock audits and made recommen-
dations for improvement.
This gesture made the company more
versed in STOW and implementing improve-
ments to their own system. Their perfect
score emphasises their commitment to HSE
excellence and their success serves as an
example to all other companies working
within the sector.
STOW progress in 2014
The Energy Chamber continued to make
significant progress with the Safe-to-Work
(STOW) programme over the past year.
Our most notable achievement and a huge
milestone for the programme, was securing
and maintaining December 31, 2013 as the
industry-wide deadline for contractors pro-
viding high risk services to be certified, to
continue to do business in the energy sector.
This strategic move resulted in us sur-
passing our target of 220 certified companies
and actually getting a total of 226 contracting
companies STOW certified by the deadline.
Another amazing achievement that the
Energy Chamber is proud of is STOW being
selected as one of three winners in the Inter-
American Development Bank s (IDB) NEXSO
competition, for innovative and promising
solutions that are transforming Latin America
and the Caribbean.
In hosting the competition, NEXSO sought
to distinguish solutions which are innovative
in approach, leverage scarce resources, scal-
able and replicable in other environments
and practical in delivery.
STOW stood out in all categories, from
more than one hundred and fifty entries,
submitted from all over the region.
One of our strategic objectives for the year
was to widen our reach outside the main-
stream energy sector catchment areas. We
achieved our objective by partnering with
Caribbean Gas Chemical Ltd (CCGL), to
proactively engage smaller contractors in La
Brea on STOW certification.
CCGL will be using STOW to manage con-
tractor safety on the construction of a natural
gas to petrochemical complex in La Brea and
the Energy Chamber s role is to provide guid-
ance to contractors who want take advantage
of business opportunities emerging from the
The Energy Chamber started off with an
awareness session with over 40 La Brea con-
tractors and followed up with visits to meet
contractors individually, to give detailed guid-
ance on STOW certification.
We also started our engagement process
with contractors in Mayaro/ Guayaguayare
and will continue reaching out to them over
the coming financial period.
During the period we also automated the
STOW certification process, allowing con-
tractors to apply online for and track the
status of their certification audit. The new
system has greatly improved the flow of audit
related information to stakeholders and has
made the day-to-day administration of the
programme more efficient.
Although we have recorded significant
successes, we still have a lot of work to do.
We intend to advance our continual improve-
ment of the programme and continue work-
ing to ensure that the programme is sustained
in the energy sector.
For more information on STOW contact
Natalie Reece-Sarkar at email@example.com
STOW continues to progress
Kennicon achieves perfect score What is STOW
STOW a certification scheme for con-
tractor safety management in the en-
ergy sector developed by the Energy
Chamber in collaboration with the oil and
gas companies of T&T.
STOW is a certification programme for
contractor's HSE management systems
It involves contractors implementing
the locally developed STOW HSE re-
quirements and undergoing an audit of
Certification is granted for one year at
75 per cent compliance and two years at
85 per cent and above compliance to the
STOW HSE requirements. STOW certifi-
cation means that contractors have im-
plemented HSE-MS that make it safe for
them to work in T&T's energy sector.
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