Sweet success Assured in Sudan

Kenana's Sudanese sugar plant.
Kenana's Sudanese sugar plant.
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Assured Fire and Security has been awarded an African contract worth almost £2 million.

The Dinnington company’s deal with Sudanese sugar producer Kenana follows other recent international successes - in Ghana, Nigeria and Afghanistan.

Assured will supervise the installation of more than 90 fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers, hose reels and fire alarm systems at the Kenana plant and provide fire training for Kenana staff.

The firm is also providing full safety and security services at Kenana’s head office.

Kenana approached Assured and major international companies from India, China and Italy after being hit by a control room fire that caused around £63 million worth of damage and halted production.

“They needed a partner who could give them everything from specialised fire safety systems to fire training for their staff and we were one of the few companies that could provide a complete turn key solution in all their areas of concern,” said Assured’s managing director Simon Stokes.

“We spent six to eight months visiting the site, putting together a full tender and we are delighted that we have now been able to complete the deal.”

“This is an extremely important contract for us as it really places us firmly on the international market. Equally importantly, it will help us to create the backbone for the investment required to create more jobs, both in South Yorkshire and across the country, helping Assured to move forward and develop vital new business.

“We have an ambitious and detailed five-year plan and a contract of this scale will enable us to move to the next level, consolidating our position and preparing us for growth as we look at national acquisitions.”

Assured’s Simon Ormrod is overseeing the project, working with Kenana managers and teams of local workers as well as extra labour from India and the Philippines.