Following a recent audit, John Lawrie Group has maintained its Achilles First Point Assessment (FPAL) Verify status and has increased its score across all four appraisal categories.

Carried out in late July, the rigorous biennial audit evaluated the Aberdeen-based metal reprocessing, tubular supply and decommissioning firm’s performance on quality, health and safety, environmental and competence and training practices.  The review saw John Lawrie Group score 35 out of 40 – a 10% increase on the 2016 audit and with improvement shown in all categories.

Achilles FPAL identifies, evaluates and provides prequalification information about suppliers on behalf of 40 major buyers in the oil and gas industry operating across Europe.  The Verify scheme was developed by the industry for the industry and aims to raise standards and reduce the burden of repetitive buyer audits by replacing them with one standardised procedure.

Following the two-day verification visit, the results are shared online between FPAL purchasers who participate in the Verify scheme.  It provides them with a fair and independent comparison of suppliers.

John Lawrie Group, which specialises in metal recycling and reprocessing, the supply of new and used steel tubulars, and oilfield and industrial decommissioning services, joined the FPAL Verify scheme in 2012 and has made continuous improvement in its scoring during each audit. 

Malcolm Wilson, Director of Achilles FPAL, said, “By participating in the FPAL Verify Audit programme, John Lawrie Group has demonstrated a clear commitment to meet the high QHSE and competence and training standards that this industry correctly demands. The Achilles FPAL Verify programme includes an important and mandatory commitment to continuous improvement which meets the demanding requirements of this industry. This will help put the company in the best possible position to secure a pipeline of work opportunities from major oil and gas buyers”.

Ray Grant, John Lawrie Group environmental director, said: “We are very pleased with our results, which show continuous improvement in all areas audited.  This reflects the ongoing commitment and hard work by all our HSEQ and operations personnel over the past two years.

“We endeavour to build on this going forward and, in turn, will provide our many customers with the assurances they seek when selecting competent suppliers in the handling of their waste metals and end of life oilfield products and equipment.”

Established in Aberdeen in the 1930s as a metal merchant, John Lawrie Group now offers a diverse range of industrial services across its metals, tubulars and decom divisions. The firm specialises in metal recycling and reprocessing, the supply of new and used steel tubulars, and the provision of industrial and oilfield decommissioning services. John Lawrie Group employs an 80-strong workforce across operations in the UK, America and Europe.  In 2017, John Lawrie Group was acquired by its management in partnership with Rubicon Partners, a leading industrial investor, and principal investment firm Grovepoint.  For more information about John Lawrie Group, visit or telephone 01224 871844.

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