Kentz Snags Sakhalin Shutdown Services, Operations Support Contract

Kentz was awarded a shutdown services and operations support contract from Exxon Neftegas Ltd, within the Sakhalin 1 development project, through its Russian joint venture operating company Kentz DEM LLC.

The contract is worth approximately US $25 million and includes the provision of all personnel, permits, equipment, transportation and front end execution planning, as well as the management of contractor and subcontractor resources. This project falls under Kentz's technical support services global business unit and the shutdown is scheduled to take place during the third quarter of next year.

Kentz DEM LLC is a Sakhalin based company comprising of Kentz Russia LLC and DalelectroMontazh (DEM) -- a leading Sakhalin based engineering and construction services company for the oil and gas industry. The venture is supported by key resources and systems from the Maintenance & Shutdown division of Kentz's operation in South Africa. Kentz and DEM first cooperated together in 2004 under a strategic partnership agreement before officially incorporating their joint venture in 2008.

Hugh O'Donnell, chief executive of Kentz, said, "We are delighted to be working with Exxon Neftegas on the first major shutdown associated with this development. We now look forward to delivering a high quality, solution driven service which will draw on Kentz DEM's wide range of skills and experience. We are also pleased with the continued growth in our successful technical services business unit."