Our Story

Return to the previous page. Go back

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.

1919

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

1963

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.

1994

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

1995-1997

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

1996

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

2001

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.

2004

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

2004

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

2005

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

Project Image

2008

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.

2011

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.

2012

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

2013

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.

2014

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

2015

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.

2015

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

2016

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

2017

Awarded major commissioning contract with BP in Egypt.

2018

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.

2018

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

2019

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.

2019

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.

2019

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.

2020

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