Kentz Acquires Further Construction Capability in Canada

 CALGARY, May 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Kentz, the engineering and construction group,  is pleased to announce that it has completed the purchase of the business of  Alegro Projects and Fabrication Ltd ('Alegro'), an organization offering  fabrication and construction services to the industrial sector in Western  Canada.  Highlights:        --  Strong fit with Kentz's existing Canadian operations;         supporting strategy to increase Kentz's multi-discipline         fabrication and construction services in Canada     --  Adds structural, mechanical and piping (SMP) fabrication, along         with site construction capability, to Kentz's existing         in-country electrical, instrumentation and telecoms expertise     --  Alegro has long-term customer relationships with repeat         business in the Western Canadian market; working on multiple         projects throughout the region     --  Over 85 skilled employees, based in both the Nisku fabrication         facility and on a number of project sites in Alberta     --  Provides Kentz with a presence in the greater Edmonton area,         Alberta's industrial heartland  Background to Alegro  Alegro designs, fabricates, and installs piping, structural steel, and storage  tanks, along with a range of other oilfield equipment. The Company has been in  operation since 2004 and is based in Nisku, Alberta.  Alegro has completed a number of significant facilities projects in Alberta,  for clients in a variety of sectors; in particular oil and gas.  Rationale for acquisition  One of Kentz's strategic objectives outlined in its 2013 & Beyond strategy,  was to acquire SMP capabilities, to augment its existing electrical and  instrumentation (E&I) expertise, and to support Kentz as it evolves as a  multi-disciplined construction contractor within the Canadian region. This  will enable Kentz to target, self-perform and execute multi-disciplined  construction opportunities as a prime construction contractor, as the company  does in many other regions globally.  Business outlook for Canada  CERI estimates capital investment in the Canadian oil sands to add up to $207  billion over the 2013-2022 period, and this estimate excludes additional  maintenance, repairs and operational expenditures. This acquisition further  supports Kentz's capability to significantly target a larger portion of the  capital expenditure.  Paul Knowles, Director for Kentz's Construction Business Unit in Canada, said:  "The addition of Alegro to our existing E&I construction business in Canada,  creates a wealth of opportunity for Kentz in the Canadian oil and gas  construction market place. Alegro has a strong record of delivering for its  clients and has a strong cultural fit with Kentz; I welcome all at Alegro  onboard and look forward to working with them.  "The addition of further construction capability was a key strategic growth  initiative identified by Kentz and combined with our engineering and technical  services, gives us a rounded offering to existing and new clients across the  region."  For further information see the Kentz website http://www.Kentz.com  About Kentz  Kentz is a global engineering specialist solutions provider, which serves a  blue chip client base primarily in the oil and gas, petrochemical and mining  and metals sectors. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: KENZ).  In the year ending December 2013, the company generated revenues of US$1.66  billion and profit before tax of US$118.0 million and diluted EPS of 68.07 US  cents.  Kentz has over 14,500 employees in 36 countries. Its three main business lines  are; Engineering and Projects, Construction, and Technical Support Services  (TSS). It has a proven track record of delivering mechanical, electrical,  controls and instrumentation engineering, construction and management services  in some of the most remote locations on earth.    SOURCE  Kentz Corporation Limited  Kentz Corporation Limited - Media: Paul Youens, +44(0)20-3159-4000,  communications@kentz.com  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2014/16/c1794.html  CO: Kentz Corporation Limited ST: Alberta NI: CST MNA  
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