SNC-Lavalin Oil & Gas purchased by Kentech, new focus in Sarnia

The SNC Lavalin sign being taken down at the St. Clair Corporate Centre in Sarnia (Photo courtesy of Kentech)

The SNC Lavalin signs have come down at the St. Clair Corporate Centre at 265 Front St. in Sarnia.

The company’s oil and gas division was recently purchased by Kentech, and rebranded as Kent.

They acquired around 7,000 employees worldwide in the deal which was announced in February 2021 and closed in July 2021. That includes 85 workers at the Sarnia office.

Vice President of Operations Gabriel Proulx said they’re putting an increased focus on the oil and gas sector, and have already lined up more contracts.

“We have the same management but a different strategy,” said Proulx. “We have a new outlook on how to deliver our services in the industry sector, but the employees that have been in Sarnia for over 30 years, we’re roughly the same team but there’s a bit more energy being put into the company at this time.”

Proulx said Kent has four key areas of focus.

“The first one is engineering and consulting which is what some of our employees were already doing in Sarnia. Then there’s the projects’ arm, which again, is something we were already doing in Sarnia,” he said. “A new one is operations and maintenance which we were not so much involved in in the Sarnia region. Recently, we have actually started doing a little more work with our electrical and instrumentation branch, Beralta Construction. The fourth branch is the commissioning and completions business line. Right now, that’s in full gear in the Sarnia region. This was brought in by the acquiring company Kentech.”

Current clients of the Sarnia office include Imperial Oil, Shell, Cabot, Enbridge and CF Industries.

Kent is also performing construction and commissioning services for Suncor’s Ethanol facility, and will be commissioning NOVA’s brand new polyethylene plant.