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Our History

A proud history and an even brighter future

The history of ENGIE began in the 1800’s at the height of the Industrial Revolution in France and Belgium. Since then, we’ve never stood still. We’ve diversified and shifted to low-carbon alternatives in response to changes in society and have continually strived to enhance the way we live our lives.

ENGIE came to Australia in 1996, and we’re now part of communities all over Australia and New Zealand. Driven by our ambition to contribute to harmonious progress, we have taken up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy for all, mobility, and offer our customers and communities energy and services solutions that promote new and better ways of living and working.

In 2015, ENGIE brought together Trilogy Building Services, Spectrum Fire & Security, DESA, Cowley Services and Cofely Australia to provide customers with multi-disciplined building maintenance services managed by a single account manager.

  • Trilogy Building Services, founded in 1970, was a national provider of HVAC, Refrigeration and Mechanical services in Australia.
  • Spectrum Fire & Security was established in 2006 through the amalgamation of several successful fire protection businesses across Australia to form a stronger, national organisation.
  • DESA was established in 1989 to provide a professional service of installing communications and electrical cabling systems to all market sectors in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Established in 1956, Cowley has proudly earned a reputation as the market leader in Refrigeration and HVAC services in New Zealand.
  • Cofely Australia was the Energy Services division of GDF SUEZ – a world leader in providing building maintenance services and energy solutions for over 40 years.

In late 2016, we acquired West Australian Mechanical Services (WAMS), a specialist commercial and industrial air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation business, and in 2017 we acquired Melbourne based Pro AV Solutions to provide customers with the latest digital and audio-visual services.

Today, ENGIE is setting the standard in Australia and New Zealand in lower carbon generation, renewables, energy efficiency and technology-based solutions. We celebrate our long and proud history, as we reap the benefits of global expertise while focusing on the needs of our local customers.

1858
Universal Suez Canal Company formed
1858
1946
Gaz de France created
1946
1956
Cowley Services founded
1956
1964
Hazelwood Power Station Commences Generation
1964
1970
Trilogy Building Services founded
1970
1979
Cofely Australia founded
1979
1989
DESA founded
1989
1993
Loy Yang B commences power generation
1993
1996
Hazelwood Power Corporation formed
1996
1996
ENGIE comes to Australia
1996
2008
SUEZ and Gaz de France merge to firm GDF SUEZ
2008
2003
Hazelwood Power Corporation rebrands to International Power
2003
2010-2012
GDF SUEZ acquires International Power
2010-2012
2015
GDF SUEZ rebrands to ENGIE
2015
2015
ENGIE Services created
ENGIE brought together Trilogy Building Services, Spectrum Fire & Security, DESA, Cowley Services and Cofely Australia
2015
2016
West Australian Mechanical Services joins ENGIE Services
2016
2017
Launch of ENGIE Services AV Technologies
Acquisition of IBS AV which traded as Pro AV Solutions (Victoria)
2017
2017
ENGIE begins Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project
2017
2018
ENGIE sells Loy Yang B power station
2018