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Our story began as a small family business in Ireland a century ago. Fast forward 100 years and we are now a 4,000-strong client-centric global business delivering to clients across six continents.

Much has changed in that time, but two things have remained constant: Firstly, our commitment to the values that bind a family. Only now our family is a lot bigger. And secondly, a spirit of visionary forward thinking that propels us towards our goal of becoming a $1 billion company by 2025.


Michael Kent founds M.F. Kent & Co., an electrical and instrument specialist based in Ireland.


Frank Kent joins M.F Kent & Co., helping the business grow into a world-leading electrical and instrument specialist in the energy and industrial sectors over the next 25 years before retiring and selling M.F. Kent & Co to the management team.


Frank Kent establishes Kentech to provide specialised engineering services to the energy and industrial sectors.

Kashagan Field Development


Kentech's footprint grows across Former Soviet Union with bases established in Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Tengiz Field


Awarded our first contract on the Tengiz development and the start of a long relationship with Chevron.


We continue to expand our global footprint, heading into South America, establishing an office in Mexico, where we go on to establish a strong relationship with Pemex.


Sarah Kent joins Kentech, initially leading the International Sales & Marketing division before taking over the CEO position in 2008.


Awarded a large E&I construction contract on prestigious Sakhalin II Project, where we would go on to deliver 6.1 million safe manhours.


Our footprint grows again venturing into the Middle East with bases established in the UAE, Qatar & Kuwait.

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Original award of the Sakhalin-1 General Maintenance Contract, which is still live today. The team have been awarded ENL's Safety Contractor of the Year 6 times.


Our global footprint grows again into Australasia, as we establish an operational base in Australia and go on to deliver E&I construction works on some of the region's biggest projects including Wheatstone & APLNG.


Establishment of STS Group, making our first steps towards being a truly global business with no boundaries. The first contract from which is a systems completions contract in Indonesia


Originally awarded HVAC & E&I Maintenance Contract with Shell at Qatar GTL, which is still running to this date. As of November 2019, we achieved 4.6 million manhours at site without a lost time incident. And three years consecutive without a reportable incident.


We are awarded 3 Master Services Agreements with TengizChevroil in Kazakhstan.

Shell Pernis Refinery


Our footprint expands again, this time reestablishing an operational base in the USA, expanding further across the Middle East with operational bases in Oman and Saudi Arabia and into Europe as we take over a major Maintenance Contract with Shell on the Pernis & Moerdijk plants in The Netherlands.


Kentech receives investment from Blue Water Energy, the leading global energy investment firm.


Awarded major EI&T Construction contract on the Clean Fuels Project in Kuwait where we would go on to deliver 6.4 million manhours.


Awarded major commissioning contract with BP in Egypt.


Our footprint grows again, this time into North America as we set up an office in Canada and develop a JV Partnership with Ahtna in Alaska. We also deliver a strategic commissioning contract on an LNG plant in Louisiana.


We launch our Engine for Growth and announce plans to become a $1billion turnover business by 2025.


Awarded our largest ever commissioning contract in Kazakhstan as well as mobilising a commissioning team onto the TAP Project which would take us across Italy, Albania and Greece.


Relaunched our WISER Award as the K2 Award & Recognition Program with our first winner being Nilo Ferolino in Sakhalin. We were also awarded Exxon Neftegas Ltd Safest Contractor of the Year award for the 6th time.


We began to test digital technologies with field workers on our maintenance sites. We also established a JV Partnership with 3T Energy Group, a leading training and technology organisation, to launch a complete mobile training solution for the African energy sector.


Sarah Kent steps down as CEO and John Gilley is appointed as CEO by the Board of Directors.


On 30th July 2021, Kentech acquired the Oil and Gas Business of SNC-Lavalin. This led to the exciting relaunch of our new company, now known as Kent. For more info about Kent and the history of the companies that joined forces, please visit our new website: www.kentplc.com. This site will be closed in the coming months.