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 Whessoe acquired by Samsung C&T Corporation; offering fully integrated solutions including LNG across the globe.


 Whessoe operates worldwide with major projects in the Middle East, Europe and India.


 Whessoe becomes the anchor tenant on the Morton Palms business park development. The move of the head office location is to accommodate the increase in staff numbers.


 Whessoe acquired by the Al Rushaid Group, the largest oil and gas service company in the Middle East, allowing Whessoe Oil & Gas Ltd to offer a total service capability to the oil and gas industry.

1990 - 2004:

 Separated from Whessoe PLC, the company was reformed to eventually become known as Skanska Whessoe, operating worldwide, specialising in refrigerated and pressurised liquid gas storage facilities, from concept through to commissioning.

1959 - 1963:

 Whessoe designed and built the world's first LNG import terminal at Canvey Island.


 Whessoe floated on the UK Stock Exchange. Major involvement with the petrochemical, gas and nuclear power generating industries.


 Whessoe Foundry Company Limited formed with business now concentrated in the growing gas and petroleum industry. The first major order was for a 3,000,000 m cubic feet gas holder at Gateshead. Further gas holders and associated plant were built in Australia & New Zealand, France, Canada and Denmark.

1850 - 1890:

 Business expanded to include structural steel, cranes, and simple gas works processing plants.


 Derwent Locomotive designed and built for the Stockton & Darlington Railway at a cost of £1,160. It has been restored and rests in the Darlington Railway Museum.


 Key Contractor to the railways, including the manufacture of rolling stock.


 Company Registered in Darlington, UK, by William Kitching and Sons.
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