CERN given recognition award by FIDIC

15 Dec 2022

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FIDIC has presented a Strategic Partner Recognition Award to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The award was presented at FIDIC’s recent International Contract Users Conference and was made to recognise CERN’s support in translating the FIDIC Green Book 2021 and the FIDIC White Book 2017 contracts into French and for the organisation being a longstanding advocate of using FIDIC contracts for more than a decade.

FIDIC CEO Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said: “FIDIC greatly values the relationship that it has with CERN and we are delighted that FIDIC contracts are helping to deliver such a landmark project that is doing crucial work. We fully support CERN’s mission to unite people from all over the world to push the frontiers of science and technology, for the benefit of all and wish them well in their future endeavours.”

CERN is the research centre that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world in Switzerland. CERN has 23 member states that all make a contribution to the capital and operating costs of its programmes, are represented in the CERN council and responsible for all important decisions about the organisation and its activities.

Image above shows The Large Hadron Collider (Photo: CERN).

More than 600 institutes and universities around the world use CERN’s facilities. Funding agencies from both member and non-member states are responsible for the financing, construction and operation of the experiments on which they collaborate. CERN spends much of its budget on building machines such as the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

FIDIC CEO Dr Nelson Ogunshakin continued: “CERN is a truly multinational project and it also plays a key role in training future scientists and engineers. It offers a unique environment for learning and training - a rich and stimulating melting pot of people and ideas including exceptional opportunities – and it is rightly well regarded worldwide for its work. The recognition award afforded by FIDIC to CERN is richly deserved.”

Pieter Mattelaer, deputy group leader, project portfolio management, site and civil engineering at CERN, said: “The longstanding use of FIDIC contracts at CERN is something we consider to be a key factor in our ability to successfully deliver a variety of infrastructure projects across our site. CERN makes great efforts to ensure its tender packages and contracts are accessible to companies across its member states. Given the global use, adaptability and recognition that the FIDIC suite of contracts benefit from, it is an excellent fit that supports our needs.”

Click here to find out more about the CERN project.

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