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Business sustainability starts here… AMEC is committed to reducing its carbon footprint.

Our past

The AMEC of today is very different, supplying consultancy, engineering, and project management services to its customers in the world's oil and gas, mining, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets in around 40 countries around the globe

Our past

AMEC's long history spans more than 160 years, from its inception as a UK-based construction company. The AMEC of today is very different, supplying consultancy, engineering, and project management services to its customers in the world's oil and gas, mining, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets in around 40 countries around the globe.

The company was first formed in 1848, when Matthew Hall opened a lead-work business in the UK. This later became the Matthew Hall Group of Companies. Separately, in 1883 Leonard Fairclough started a stone business in the UK, which expanded into construction at the turn of the century.

In 1982 Fairclough Construction merged with William Press (founded in 1913) to form AMEC plc. Six years later the Matthew Hall Group of Companies was incorporated into the AMEC Group.

In Canada, AMEC's roots date back to more than 100 years ago. In 1907 the Montreal Engineering Company was incorporated, and was in business for over 85 years before being acquired by AGRA in 1992. AMEC then bought this business in 2000. Watch our 100 years video for more information on our Canadian history.

In 2002, we published our very first sustainability report and have since been recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as one of the world’s top five companies for sustainability in the oil equipment and services sector. In 2009, AMEC was also added to the United Nations register of Global Compact participants.

Our major accomplishments include:

  • Working on the world’s first oil sands mine in the 1960s
  • Working on the restart of reactors one and two at Bruce A Power Station in Ontario, the largest nuclear project in North America
  • Forty years of successful working in the North Sea, providing asset support and maintenance on more than half of the UK North Sea’s producing fields
  • Engineering, procurement and construction management of Canada’s first diamond mine, Ekati
  • Numerous retrofits and expansions of the world’s largest lead-zinc mine, 120 km north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska, US
  • Installing the first automated phone system in South America
  • Construction of the Beauharnois Hydroelectric Station, with the largest number of generators of any hydro station in the world.


  • January: AMEC awarded six-year engineering, procurement and construction contract by Nexen Petroleum UK Limited
  • January: AMEC awarded a five-year £255 million Project Management Consultancy contract by Kuwait Oil Company
  • January: AMEC and Hyundai awarded Early OCntractor Involvement contract for the Hillside mining project, South Australia
  • January: AMEC secures position on new technical services framework for the Ministry of Defence
  • January: AMEC Tekfen Azfen consortium awarded $974 million contract by BP for Shah Deniz 2 offshore platforms, Azerbaijan
  • January: AMEC awarded multi-year program management contract by U.S. Postal Service
  • February: AJS joint venture awarded Shell ONEgas contract extension
  • February: K+S Potash Canada and AMEC sign long-term contract for Legacy Project
  • February: AMEC appointed to Eni's expanded global environmental framework
  • March: AMEC announces strategic partnership with major US energy company Exelon Nuclear Partners


  • January: AMEC awarded engineering contracts on fusion reactor projects
  • February: AMEC ranks as one of the top sustainability companies worldwide
  • February: AMEC releases its full-year results for 2012 - good performance continues
  • February: AMEC releases its 2012 full year results - good performance continues in 2012
  • February: AMEC awarded £68 million Clair Ridge hook up contract, North Sea
  • April: AMEC celebrates its 30th birthday at London Stock Exchange's 'market open' ceremony
  • April: AMEC awarded two-year contract renewal by BP for Forties Pipeline System
  • April: AMEC awarded framework contract to support Scottish government resource efficiency programme aimed at saving over £2 billion
  • May: AMEC takes top spot in annual Environmental Tracking awards
  • May: AMEC awarded mulit-million pound framework contract by AWE
  • May: VELA alliance wins Magnox Project Management Resource Partnership contract
  • June: AMEC awarded EPC contract for Dominion's Azalea solar facility
  • June: AMEC awarded £110 million North Sea contract extension from BG Group
  • June: AMEC awarded environmental consulting framework contract for BP worldwide projects
  • June: AMEC engaged by Xcite Energy to provide services for the Bentley Field, North Sea
  • June: AMEC awarded oil & gas contract by OMV Petrom, Romania
  • June: AMEC appointed by UK Environment Agency to provide contaminated land consultancy services
  • July: AMEC appointed technical advisor by Isle of White Council for major procurement contract to boost recycling
  • July: AMEC Chief Executive Samir Brikho elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • July: AMEC awarded 28.6MW of additional sloar projects by Dominion
  • August: AMEC awarded 250MW solar project by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power
  • September: AMEC wins brownfield modifications contract for TAQA's Cladham field development, North Sea
  • September: AMEC and Morrison awarded £200 million five-year contract extension by Wales and West Utilities
  • September: AMEC celebrates 10 years in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • September: AMEC awarded environmental contract for Slovakian new nuclear build project
  • October: AMEC alliance wins contract extension at Sellafield
  • October: AMEC is one of the UK's top 20 'most in-demand employers' says LinkedIn
  • November: AMEC acquires US-based nuclear services company
  • November: AMEC scoops People Development top spot at Oil and Gas UK annual awards 2013
  • November: AMEC awarded hook-up and commissioning contract for GDF SUEZ E&P UK's Cygnus operated field in Southern North Sea
  • November: Samir Brikho presents 'Innovation in Education' award at TAKREEM Arab Achievement Awards2013
  • November: AMEC awarded AU$20 million detailed design and engineering services contract for Roy Hill iron ore project, Western Australia
  • November: Clough AMEC awarded contract extension
  • December: AMEC awarded framework contract by Horizon Nuclear Power
  • December: AMEC awarded $124 million project management contract by ADMA OPCO for Umm Lulu phase 2 offshore developments, UAE
  • December: AMEC and The University of Manchester announce long-term strategic partnership
  • December: AMEC awarded five-year £158 million Project Engineering and Management Services contract by KNPC, Kuwait


  • January: AMEC awarded £70 million asset support contracts by SABIC UK Petrochemicals
  • January: AMEC JV awarded five-year National Grid contract extension
  • February: AMEC releases its 2011 full year results
  • February: AMEC awarded 2011 National Safety Excellence Award
  • March: AMEC awarded three-year environmental support framework agreement at Sellafield
  • April: AMEC awarded EPC contract by Arizona Public Service for the first-ever solar facility to be built on Arizona State Trust lands
  • April: AMEC awarded a major framework contract by the North London Waste Authority
  • May: AMEC awarded a FEED contract from BP for the topsides facilities for the second phase of the Mad Dog field development
  • May: AMEC acquires Brisbane-based consulting, engineering and technical services company Unidel
  • June: AMEC signs collaboration agreement with Aibel, enabling joint delivery on projects for the oil and gas industry in the Norwegian Continental Shelf
  • June: AMEC acquires UK-based Serco Group plc’s nuclear Technical Services (TS) business
  • July: AMEC awarded multi-million pound Slovakia nuclear waste treatment contract
  • August: AMEC joint venture awarded 10MW solar project in Canada
  • August: AMEC ranked as Top International Design Firm in Canada
  • August: AMEC awarded £60 million detail design contract for GDF SUEZ’s Cygnus field in Southern North Sea
  • August: AMEC awarded United Nations remediation contract in Kuwait
  • August: AMEC announces 2012 half-year results – strong performance continues
  • August: AMEC goes for gold in Bulgaria with the award of the Krumovgrad gold project
  • September: AMEC ranked Dow Jones Sustainability Index oil services sector leader for the fourth successive year
  • September: AMEC acquires stake in multi-billion dollar Brazilian oil and gas market with 50 per cent stake in Kromav Engenharia Ltda
  • October: AMEC and Samsung form a joint venture for growing offshore market
  • October: AMEC awarded five-year contract by the National Nuclear Laboratory
  • November: AMEC releases its interim management statement
  • November: Chevron extends the barrow Island contract with Clough AMEC in Australia
  • November: AMEC joint venture awarded EPCM contract for Swakop Uranium's Husab project, Namibia
  • November: AMEC awarded multi-million pound nuclear framework contract by Sellafield Limited
  • December: AMEC awarded a five-year brownfield topside projects contract by Talisman Energy (UK) Limited
  • December: AMEC awarded $528 million new refinery contract by KNPC, Kuwait
  • December: AMEC company qedi awarded first decommissioning contract for BP's Valhall platforms using unique software
  • December: AMEC company Aquenta Consulting wins PCRM role with Sydney Water, Australia


  • January: AMEC awarded £140 million three-year services contract for all BG Group’s North Sea upstream assets
  • February: AMEC acquires Florida-based BCI Engineers, a water and mining environmental and engineering consulting firm
  • February: AMEC announces agreement to acquire Australian engineering consultancy Zektingroup
  • February: AMEC awarded contract for Cerro Negro Norte iron ore project in Chile
  • February: AMEC acquires qedi, a market-leading oil and gas completions and commissioning services company
  • March: AMEC plc 2010 results, delivering a record 9.2 per cent EBITA margin and achieved good organic growth in each of our three divisions.
  • May: AMEC wins 2011 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence in Services from US Small Business Administration
  • May: AMEC acquires leading US engineering and environmental services company MACTEC
  • May: AMEC appoints John Connolly as Chairman
  • 2010

  • January: AMEC signs up to 10:10 carbon cutting campaign
  • January: AMEC acquires Currie & Brown Australia Limited
  • March: AMEC acquires Entec Holdings Limited
  • April: AMEC awarded 11-year contract with EDF for new UK nuclear power stations
  • July: AMEC ranked Top International Design Firm in Canada by Engineering News Record
  • July : AMEC secures engineering and maintenance services contract for two Bluewater FPSO vessels
  • August : AMEC awarded contract for Young-Davidson Gold Project
  • September: the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2010/11 ranks AMEC again as the sector leader for sustainability in the oil equipment and services sector
  • October: AMEC appoints new President of Earth & Environmental, Dr Hisham Mahmoud
  • October: AMEC appoints Colin Day as non-executive director
  • November : AMEC awarded Forties contract by Apache North Sea Limited
  • November: AMEC awarded Judy and Jasmine contract North Sea
  • November: AMEC awarded Oyu Tolgoi underground mining project in Mongolia
  • 2009

    • January: AMEC selected by Imperial Oil Limited as engineering, procurement and construction management contractor for phase 1 facilities of their Kearl Oil Sands project in northern Alberta, Canada
    • January: Simon Thompson and Neil Bruce appointed to the board
    • January: Acquisition of UK-based asset optimisation consultancy services company Performance Improvements Group (PI) Limited that specializes in delivering operational excellence in the North Sea
    • March: AMEC purchased Canadian engineering consultancy, Philips Engineering Ltd.
    • March: Sale of GeoMelt business assets to Impact Services, Inc. completed
    • June: Acquisition of Journeaux, Bédard & Assoc. Inc. (JBA), a 20-person geotechnical, mining and environmental engineering consultancy located in Montreal, Quebec
    • July: AMEC ranked Top International Design Firm in Canada by Engineering News Record
    • July: AMEC announces agreement to acquire leading Australian resources engineering and project development company GRD Limited, an ASX listed engineering company based in Perth, Australia, which employs 850 people globally.
    • August: Record Trading Performance; 2009 group EBITA margin guidance approaching 8%
    • September: the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2009/10 ranks AMEC as the sector leader for sustainability in the oil equipment and services sector
    • November: AMEC acquired GRD Limited (GRD), a world class engineering and project delivery business specialising in the design, procurement and construction of mineral projects
    • December: AMEC revealed its Vision 2015


    • January: Two acquisitions bolster AMEC’s environmental expertise in U.S. Pacific Northwest, Steward and Associates and Marine & Environmental Testing, Inc
    • April: Acquisition of Smith Williams Consultants, Inc. (SWC), a mining consultancy in Denver, US and Rider Hunt International Limited (RHI) a leading project services company to the oil, gas, chemical, energy and process industries
    • May: Acquisition of Bower Damberger Rolseth Engineering Limited (BDR), a specialist in-situ oil sands business in Canada
    • June: AMEC and BP enter strategic global projects agreement
    • June: Acquisition of Geomatrix Consultants, Inc. headquartered in Oakland, California, offering specialist environmental, geotechnical and water resources services
    • July: AMEC alliance announced preferred bidder for the Sellafield competition July, we acquired Slovak specialist nuclear services company AllDeco, s.r.o. (AllDeco), a leading player in nuclear decommissioning and reactor services
    • September: the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2008/9 ranks AMEC as one of the world's top five companies for sustainability in the oil equipment and services sector
    • October: Divestment of UK wind developments business; framework agreement signed to support Vattenfall in the UK renewables market
    • November: AMEC acquired OEST Associates Inc (US), engineering and architecture services business


    • February: Sale of AMEC SPIE Rail to The Colas Group
    • April: AMEC celebrates 100 years in Canada. Sale of Dynamic Structures to Empire Industries and Buchan Concrete Solutions to the Roger Bullivant Group of Companies
    • May: Sale of AMEC SPIE Capag to Entrepose Contracting SA
    • July: Acquisition of 60 per cent interest in Batys Kazakhstan Kuat Service Limited (‘BKKS’), a Kazakh oilfield services company. Sale of Design & Project Services and Developments to Morgan Sindall and sale of Midwest Pipelines to Willbros Group Ltd
    • September: Acquisition of CADE-IDEPE, the largest independent Chilean engineering services company. Sale of AMEC’s Building and Facilities Services business to SPIE completed
    • November: Sale of Project Investments completed. Reclassification into Oil and Equipment Services; included in FTSE 100 for first time
    • December: Reclassified into Oil and Equipment Services; including in FTSE 100 for the first time


    • July: Sale of AMEC SPIE Regional Services
    • October: Sir Peter Mason retires and Samir Brikho becomes new Chief Executive

    2000 - 2005

    • 2000 - Acquisition of AGRA, North American environmental, engineering and construction services company
    • 2002 - Publication of AMEC's first sustainability report
    • 2003 - Lauren Kamtech's US operations acquired
    • 2003 - Acquisition of remainder of shares in SPIE
    • 2004 - AMEC reclassified into Support Services sector on London Stock Exchange
    • 2005 - Acquisition of Paragon Engineering Services, Inc. based in Houston, Texas
    • 2005 - Acquisition of NNC Holdings Limited, the UK’s leading private sector nuclear service business

    1950 - 1999

    • 1950 - Matthew Hall & Co begins work at BP Grangemouth refinery – contracts have continued to present day
    • 1982 - William Press and Fairclough construction groups merge to form AMEC plc
    • 1988 - Acquisition of Matthew Hall Group of companies
    • 1997- Acquisition of 41.65 per cent holding in SPIE, French electrical contracting and construction business

    1848 - 1949

    • 1848 - Matthew Hall opens for business – later becomes the Matthew Hall Group of companies
    • 1883 - Leonard Fairclough starts stone business in UK
    • 1907 - AGRA Monenco founded
    • 1913 - William Press & Son founded in London

    AMEC's 100 years in Canada