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Our Future & History

Working for a brighter, better tomorrow

The digital revolution and the global energy transition are shaking up our industries in ways no one can predict. The way we work and what we do today has the potential to look very different tomorrow.

We are currently in a period of unprecedented change. But despite this uncertainty, some things you can always count on: we have the experience and history to remain a safe pair of hands in the future. And we are driven by a common purpose – delivering a more sustainable world for generations to come.

OUR HISTORY

1893

Chas T. Main, an engineering company specializing in water and steam power, is founded in the United States.

1944

Ralph M. Parsons Company forms, later known as Parsons E&C Corporation, providing process engineering, facility design, construction services and operated various jet propulsion facilities across nuclear, chemical and heavy fuels.

1947

Joseph Jacobs establishes Jacobs Engineering Co., operating as both an engineering consultant and a manufacturer representative for process equipment.

1957

Jacobs acquires The Pace Companies, bringing with it a strong presence in Texas and the Gulf Coast industries of petroleum, refining and petrochemicals.

1971

The vision of Worley was first sparked when our Chairman, John Grill (Chief Executive Officer 1975-2012), joined Smith, de Kantzow & Wholohan – a small Australian engineering consultancy.

1973

Colt Engineering is set up from a small office above a welding shop in Edmonton, Canada.

1976

Smith, de Kantzow & Wholohan changes its name to Wholohan Grill and Partners.

1977

Komex Consultants, a groundwater consultancy, is formed.

1995

Ranhill WorleyParsons (RWP) joint venture formed, establishing a presence in Malaysia.

2001

Jacobs acquires Stork Engineers and Contractors B.V. headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, as the second phase of a two-part transaction to acquire all of Stork B.V.’s engineering and contracting business.

2004

Worley acquires 50 per cent of Maison Engineers and Constructors (MEC) and forms Maison WorleyParsons in China.

2004

Worley acquires Parsons E&C – a global leader in downstream hydrocarbons with a strong global reputation for its project services to the power, oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals and chemicals sectors – and becomes WorleyParsons.

2007

WorleyParsons acquires Colt Companies, Canada’s largest engineering and project services firm, giving us the Cord construction and fabrication business. We also acquire two leading consultants in the water and environmental services market in Australia – Patterson Britton & Partners and John Wilson & Partners.

2011

Jacobs acquires Aker Solutions’ worldwide process and construction business and select subsidiaries in Shanghai, China, expanding its presence in the minerals and metal market.

2013

WorleyParsons acquires TWP Holdings (Proprietary) Limited in South Africa, a world-class specialist in underground mine planning and engineering capabilities, and mineral processing.

2014

Our global consultancy, Advisian, is formed from our existing technical and management consulting capability and the management consulting capability from the recently acquired MTG Ltd.

2017

Jacobs acquires CH2M, making it a global leader in professional services.

2019

Worley acquires offshore wind energy specialist 3sun Group, enhancing its strategic presence in the sector and broadening its role in the energy transition.

2020

Worley acquires Ferrovial’s 50% shareholding in TW Power Services (TWPS) and now has full ownership of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) company.