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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.



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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


Komex Consultants, a groundwater consultancy, is formed.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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