Kentech strengthens position as top-tier global energy services firm through a major acquisition from SNC-Lavalin

Prospective acquisition would create a company that can provide full asset life cycle services to the energy industry

John Gilley - CEO, Kentech Group

John Gilley - CEO, Kentech Group

  • The acquisition includes people and assets from Kentz and other energy services businesses
  • The company will have a backlog of US$1.1 billion
  • It will help accelerate Kentech’s growth strategy and cement its position as a leading player in the international energy services market

Dubai, UAE: Kentech Corporate Holdings Limited (“Kentech Group” or “Kentech”) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the oil and gas business of Toronto-listed SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) (“SNC”)). Completion is anticipated in the first half of 2021 subject to regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Kentech Group is a privately-owned specialist services and solutions firm for the energy industry. It operates in three key areas: engineering and projects; commissioning and start-up services; and turnaround, maintenance and modifications. The company is backed the global energy investment firm, Blue Water Energy.

The prospective acquisition includes the people and assets brought together through SNC’s acquisition of Kentz and other energy services businesses, and would create a company that can provide full asset life cycle services to the energy industry. It increases Kentech’s geographical footprint and the number of employees to over 10,000. The company will have a backlog of US$1.1 billion, and benefits from specialist talent, market reach and a robust balance sheet to allow the business to compete for premium contracts covering complex and technical projects.

The combined roster of blue-chip clients includes ADNOC, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, KOC, Qatar Petroleum, Saudi Aramco and Shell, as well as petrochemicals firms INEOS, LyondellBasell and Nova Chemicals.

John Gilley, Chief Executive Officer of Kentech Group:

“By investing now, we are strategically positioning Kentech as a leading energy services firm to take advantage of the next cycle of growth in the sector. We are accelerating our growth strategy by several years by acquiring additional expertise, a wider global reach, and improving our technical differentiation but importantly, never compromising on our operational and geographical agility which is paramount for our joint key clients.”

“Also, we are actively addressing the challenges of the global energy transition and this acquisition has given us an entry point to realise our long-held ambitions to become a significant player in this space. It is an area of business that our clients will be investing heavily in.”

By acquiring SNC-Lavalin’s oil and gas business, Kentech will provide the full suite of services through the lifecycle of an asset -- from design and build, commissioning and startup, through to modification, maintenance and turnaround, as well as decommissioning services. It will help accelerate Kentech’s growth strategy and is part of of the company’s efforts in addressing the challenges and opportunities of the global energy transition.

With this acquisition, the company is well positioned to support moving its clients to new energy transition projects as the sector moves towards a cleaner and greener future. 

John Gilley continues:

“What excites me the most about this acquisition is the prospect of combining, and in some cases reuniting, the professional men and women of our two companies and working with them to reset and transform our way into a very bright future.”

“With presence in key countries in the Americas, Europe and the Caspian, the Middle East & Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, this transaction enables the company to deliver its best in class services to clients across all global energy markets."

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About Kentech

Kentech Group (“Kentech”) is a privately-owned global energy services firm headquartered in Dubai, UAE and backed by Blue Water Energy. Founded in 1919 as a small family business in Ireland, Kentech is now a 4,000-strong client-centric global business. Kentech provides three core service offerings which include Construction and Hook-up services, Specialist Technical Solutions, and Turnaround, Modifications and Maintenance services. With a roster of blue-chip clients in the oil and gas space consisting of National and International Oil Companies, petrochemicals, heavy industries and independents, as well as working with premium Joint-Venture Partners, Kentech delivers holistic and reliable services to the energy industry across six continents.

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Joanne Hennigan
Group Marketing Manager, Kentech

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