Flattened by bombs, rebuilt by Bechtel

The US Agency for International Development has awarded Bechtel National, Inc a $1.8 billion contract to undertake Iraq Infrastructure II, a program to repair Iraq’s infrastructure system.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the award of a contract to Bechtel National, Inc to undertake Iraq Infrastructure II, a program to rehabilitate and repair Iraq’s infrastructure system. Bechtel will team with Parsons of Pasadena, California, and Horne Engineering Services of Fairfax, Virginia.

Under terms of the new contract, the Bechtel team will provide a program of engineering, procurement, and construction services for a series of new Iraqi infrastructure projects, with work beginning in January 2004 and extending through December 2005, at a total value of up to $1.8 billion. Bechtel had previously been awarded a reconstruction contract in Iraq by USAID in April 2003 that will extend through December 2004.

‘We are honoured to have been selected to continue to help rebuild Iraq,’ said Bechtel National President Tom Hash. ‘This award, made after an open, competitive process, demonstrates our customer’s confidence in our team’s capacity and commitment to quickly begin Iraq Infrastructure II work, while at the same time continuing work under our initial Iraq reconstruction contract.’

Hash said Bechtel’s new work will support both the Coalition Provisional Authority and USAID and will involve infrastructure sectors as electric power systems, municipal water and sanitation services, road networks and rail systems, selected public buildings, ports and waterways, and airports.

Hash added that the company intends to build on its goal of hiring the maximum number of Iraqi employees at all levels, of subcontracting to qualified Iraqi companies and of providing comprehensive training and work experience for Iraqi managers and their employees.