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ENGIE takes over Carillion heating contract for NI Housing Executive

Official Receiver meanwhile confirms that 7,610 roles have been safeguarded following collapse of construction giant, with 1,141 employees so far made redundant

ENGIE has announced it will acquire the long-term heating and building maintenance contracts previously overseen by Carillion Energy Services Limited on behalf of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

The France-based multinational utility company will be responsible for maintaining heating systems in around 38,000 properties and wider building maintenance for 22,000 of these same sites by taking over the operations previously overseen by Carillion.

The UK-based construction giant announced it had entered liquidation in January. The announcement had created significant concern with regard to the wider impact on the construction supply chain both from the loss of jobs for trained workers such as HVAC specialists and apprentices, as well the future of outstanding payments and retentions.

Wilfrid Petrie, chief executive of ENGIE’s operations for the UK and Ireland, said that partnering with the NI Housing Executive under the contract would ensure the continuation of vital maintenance services and retain jobs for existing employees.

Mr Petrie said, “We are delighted to be taking on these contracts and ensuring that important maintenance services will continue to be delivered to thousands of homes in Northern Ireland.”

Contract search

The Official Receiver overseeing the liquidation process has said that work was ongoing to find new companies to assume responsibility for as many of Carillion’s contracts as possible.

7,610 roles previously managed by Capita have been retained, with 1,141 redundancies made in light of the liquidation, according to the latest official update.

The figures do not include contract where an intention to purchase has been entered into, but has not formally been completed.

A spokesperson for the Official Receiver said that further jobs were expected to be safeguarded as new companies were sought to take over contracts.

The spokesperson added, “Most employees who have transferred so far have done so on existing or similar terms and I will continue to facilitate this wherever possible.”

“Regrettably 152 employees are being made redundant and they will leave the business later this week. Those who have lost their jobs will be able to find support through Jobcentre Plus’ Rapid Response Service and are also entitled to make a claim for statutory redundancy payments.”

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