NIE Networks receives PAS 55 certification
Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks) has been awarded PAS 55 certification, an endorsement of our effective management of its network assets.
The PAS 55 international standard for the optimal management of physical assets, certifies our asset management practices, at a time when infrastructure investments, performance standards and developing a futureproof network are all becoming increasingly critical.
Asset management is everything NIE Networks does to ensure our geographically diverse network is properly designed, constructed and maintained over its lifetime.
The continual improvement of our asset management system improves the reliability of the network and enhances the service we provide to all our customers. NIE Networks manages its network assets in an organised, disciplined and efficient way, using the best practices recognised throughout the world and the PAS 55 certification gives a clear external endorsement of that.
The certification audit was conducted by leading international Asset Management consultancy AMCL. Andrew Sharp, Director of Assessment & Certification at AMCL, said: “My colleagues and I at AMCL extend our warmest congratulations to NIE on achieving this significant milestone. I know the road to PAS 55 certification was a worthwhile challenge for the NIE team, and I have been deeply impressed with the organisation’s commitment to Asset Management throughout the process. I am now looking forward to seeing how they further embed and develop their capabilities.”
PAS 55 is the British Standards Institution's (BSI) Publicly Available Specification for the management of physical assets - it provides clear definitions and a 28-point requirements specification for establishing and verifying a whole-life management system for all types of physical assets.
First published in 2004, it is rapidly becoming an accepted international benchmark for good practice in whole life cycle, optimised asset management.
Pictured above: AMCL’s Andrew Sharp presents NIE Managing Director, Joe O’Mahony with PAS 55 certification, endorsing NIE Networks' management of the electricity network.