Teesside net zero - Building TeesREP

In Review: TeesREP

Ambitious plans to construct the Tees Renewable Energy Plant (TeesREP) required support to recruit and manage workers under strict NAECI regulations, helping to deliver the 299MW biomass-powered CHP plant on Teesport safely and compliantly.

Navigating NAECI

To successfully achieve the TeesREP project, a green energy plant designed to power 600,000 homes, subcontractors on site needed to adhere to the working rules set out under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI).

With several contractors on site new to these requirements, NRL drew on their extensive expertise to work in partnership with multiple subcontractors on-site to ensure full compliance management for workers on the Category 1 site.

NAECI compliance recruitment and payroll on TeesREP

Identifying the right competencies

NRL’s clients were mainly engaged with the construction and erection of the fuel silos on the project. This was a critical part of the project and a new area within the engineering construction industry. This therefore created a challenge with identifying and securing the skilled labour required to complete the work competently, given the lack of industry recognised qualifications.

The NRL project team worked with subcontractors on-site to develop a comprehensive interview screening and competency assessment process, to ensure a workforce could be engaged that understood the safety requirements for the project. In addition, NRL supported subcontractors and workers to ensure that everyone understood the NAECI working rules, and more crucially how NRL’s NAECI compliant payroll would operate.

Teesside Net Zero - Building TeesREP
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Working together to ensure compliance

Having supported NAECI projects since 2008, NRL’s project team understand first-hand that for major projects such as these to be delivered to a very high level of compliance, relationships must be built on-site with the workers, subcontractors, and industrial relations. To achieve this, the team kept a regular presence on-site to support with any questions workers may have, as well as explain any queries around their NAECI payroll.

NAECI project management expertise from NRL

A compliant approach to NAECI

Throughout the project, NRL’s team provided robust and compliant processes to meet the recruitment and onboarding requirements for the project, and the subsequent payroll and worker assignment management. Working together with the NAECI Site Auditor, NRL were able to ensure 6 subcontractors on site could engage 335 workers across the construction stage of the project whilst maintaining full compliance within the working rules and legislation.

Teesside Net Zero - Building TeesREP

NRL’s NAECI payroll team managed weekly and monthly payrolls, which were regularly reviewed by the site Auditor with no issues. The NRL site team were always available to support on and off site when industrial relations issues occurred - and as a result achieved an exceptional level of performance in this area.

The best thing I can say about NRL is that they made every subcontractor they supported more productive working under the NAECI. Thank you to the team, we look forward to working with you on the next project.

Tony Lloyd, Industrial Relations Manager, Technicas Reunidas