Bechtel Corporation (
Bechtel Group, Inc.) is an engineering,
procurement, construction, and project management company. It is
the largest construction company in the United States and the
8th-largest privately owned American company in 2017. Its
headquarters are in the South of Market, San Francisco.
1.1 Founding and early years
1.2 WWII, overseas expansion and the nuclear age
1.3 Megaprojects era
1.4 Increased business and visibility
2 Locations and operational activities
2.2 Mining & Metals
2.3 Oil, Gas & Chemicals
2.4 Nuclear, Security, & Environmental
4 Financials and rankings
5 Major projects
7 Further reading
8 External links
Founding and early years
Bechtel's business activities began in 1898 when cattle farmer Warren
Bechtel moved from Peabody, Kansas, to the
Oklahoma Territory to
construct railroads with his own team of mules.
his family frequently between construction sites around the western
United States for the next several years, eventually moving to
California in 1904, where he worked as the superintendent on
the Western Pacific Railroad. In 1906, W. A.
Bechtel won his first
subcontract to build part of the Oroville-to-Oakland section of the
Western Pacific Railroad. That same year, he bought his own steam
shovel, becoming a pioneer of the new technology. He painted
Bechtel Co." on the side of the steam shovel, effectively
Bechtel as a company, though it was not yet
Bechtel completed work on a series of railroad contracts during the
early 1900s, culminating in an extension of the Northwestern Pacific
Railroad finished in 1914.
Starting with the construction of Klamath River
Highway in California
Bechtel ventured into jobs outside of building railroads. The
company built roads, bridges, and highways throughout the western
United States. The company worked on its first hydroelectric projects
in the 1920s for
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company in
By the time
Bechtel incorporated in 1925, it was the leading
construction company in the western United States. In 1929,
Warren's son, Stephen, urged his father to take on the company's first
Bechtel began working with
California Standard Oil
Company to build pipelines and refineries.
In January 1931,
Bechtel joined other contractors in the west to form
Six Companies, Inc., a consortium created to bid for a contract from
the US government to construct the Hoover Dam. Six Companies won the
bid in March and construction on the dam began in the summer of
WWII, overseas expansion and the nuclear age
Bechtel died unexpectedly in 1933 while in
Moscow on business.
He was succeeded by his son, Stephen Bechtel, Sr., who became both the
Bechtel and chief executive of the
Hoover Dam project. Under
his leadership, the
Hoover Dam was finished in 1935. The project was
the largest of its kind in US history at the time and Bechtel's first
During World War II, the
United States Maritime Commission invited the
company to bid for a contract to build half of their order of 60 cargo
ships. The company had no prior experience in shipbuilding, but bid
for the entire 60 ships. Between 1941 and 1945, Bechtel's
wartime shipyards, including
Marinship and Calship, built 560 vessels.
Bechtel also worked on a pipeline from the
Canol for the
United States Department of War during this time
Under Stephen Bechtel, Sr., the company diversified its projects and
expanded its work into other countries. The company also focused on
turnkey projects, a concept Stephen Bechtel, Sr. pioneered, in which
Bechtel handled a project from planning and design through
Bechtel’s first job outside the US was building the Mene Grande
Venezuela in 1940. In 1947,
Bechtel began construction on
what was then the world's longest oil pipeline, the Trans-Arabian
Pipeline, which began in Saudi Arabia, ran across
Jordan and Syria,
and ended in Lebanon. The company continued to expand
globally throughout the 1940s, particularly in the Middle
Bechtel began working with nuclear power after being
contracted to build the
Experimental Breeder Reactor I
Experimental Breeder Reactor I in Idaho. The
company later built the United States' first privately financed
commercial nuclear power plant, the Dresden Generating Station, for
Commonwealth Edison in
Illinois in 1957.
Other major projects in the 1950s included the Trans Mountain Pipeline
in 1952, an oil pipeline in Canada, and a preliminary study for the
English Channel in 1959.
Bechtel also began engineering
work on the
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in 1959.
Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. took over for his father as president of the
company as Stephen Bechtel, Sr. retired in 1960. During
the 1960s and 1970s,
Bechtel was involved in constructing 40 percent
of the nuclear plants in the United States. In 1968, the company
completed the largest nuclear plant in the US at the time, the San
Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, in California. In 1972,
Bechtel was involved in approximately 20 percent of all of the United
States' new power-generating capacity. By the end of the decade,
the company had moved from nuclear power construction toward nuclear
cleanup projects, including
Three Mile Island
Three Mile Island in 1979.
Bechtel completed work on other megaprojects during the 1970s,
including major airports in
Saudi Arabia and the metro rail in
Washington, D.C. In 1976, the company began work on the
industrial city of
Jubail in Saudi Arabia. The company's multiple
construction contracts helped to transform the area from a small
village to a city with a population of over a quarter of a million
In the 1980s,
Bechtel handled the project management of the 1984 Los
Angeles Summer Olympics. The company also built the Ankara-Gerede
Turkey as part of the network of roadways linking Europe
Asia in 1986.
Bechtel was awarded a contract for project management
services of an undersea tunnel linking the UK and
France called the
Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel." The tunnel was completed in 1994.
Increased business and visibility
The recession of the 1980s turned the company’s focus toward new
areas of growth including environmental cleanup and alternative energy
projects. In 1989
Riley P. Bechtel was named president of the
In 1991, Bechtel, in a joint venture with Parsons Brinckerhoff, broke
ground on Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel Project or "Big Dig," a
project the company had been in charge of since 1986. The Big
Dig was, at the time, the largest and most complex urban
transportation project ever undertaken in the United States. The
20-year project was critiqued for rising costs and an increasing scope
of work, as the
Big Dig became more complex than was originally
estimated. Criticism of the project increased in 2005 when a leak
sprang in one of the new tunnels. In the summer of 2006, a faulty
tunnel ceiling panel collapsed, killing a motorist. Litigation
ensued, and in January 2008,
Bechtel settled with federal and state
officials for $352 million with other contractors involved paying
As a result of the Gulf war,
Bechtel took on the task of extinguishing
oil well fires in
Kuwait in 1991. This was part of the overall effort
to rebuild the infrastructure of Kuwait.
Bechtel began work on the US$20 billion Hong Kong Airport
Core Programme, which was the largest civil engineering project at the
time and included a new airport and nine other infrastructure
projects. Bechtel's other major projects during the 1990s
Athens Metro system, the
Atlantic LNG in
Trinidad, the Croatian Motorway, the Jubilee Line Extension
London Underground, Quezon Power Plant in the Philippines,
and a semiconductor plant in China.
Bechtel also managed
design and construction of facilities for Olympic games: the 1992
Barcelona Summer Olympics, and the Winter games in Nagano, Japan
in 1998. In the early 2000s, the company provided planning and
management services for the
2002 Winter Olympics
2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake
City. In 2001,
Bechtel was part of a consortium to project manage
the US$4.3 billion construction of the CSPC Nanhai Petrochemicals
Complex in China.
Several projects in the 2000s attracted controversy. In 2000,
after a protest against water prices being raised by a utility
partially owned by
Bechtel in Bolivia, the company pulled out of the
country and later filed suit against
Bolivia for $25 million in
losses. The claim was settled in 2006 for $0.30.
Bechtel began work on the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and
Immobilization Plant at the
Hanford site in Washington state. The
project is a highly complex plant for the treatment of radioactive
liquid waste that has employed new technologies and construction
techniques that are the first of their kind. As of 2013, it is
considered the most complex project in the United States.
Management of the project has been the subject of controversy
including Department of Energy's
Inspector General reports and
Government Accountability Office
Government Accountability Office studies regarding rising costs,
nuclear safety and quality, and whistleblower allegations. For
example, in 2013 the DOE
Inspector General concluded that "Bechtel
determined that there was a systemic problem and a breakdown in
controls over the review of design changes", but that the company had
taken steps to correct the problems.
Bechtel won a $680 million contract to begin rebuilding
infrastructure in Iraq for U.S. Agency for International Development.
The contract led to the company being accused of both non-competitive
bidding and war profiteering.
Bechtel won a competitively-bid
second contract in January 2004, and completed 97 of 99 task
orders of the contract, returning the two remaining projects due to
the escalating security concerns in the country.
Hurricane Katrina in 2005,
Bechtel was one of four companies
hired by FEMA to build temporary housing.
Bechtel delivered over
35,000 trailers in under a year for displaced residents in
Mississippi, though the company was criticized by officials and in the
media for the cost and quality of work.
Bechtel began work on the Romanian A3 motorway (Autostrada
Transilvania) and Albanian motorways.
Bechtel and the Romanian
National Roads Authority jointly agreed on a settlement to end the
contract for works on the Autostrada Transilvania in 2013. The
Albanian Motorway was opened to traffic in 2010 on schedule.
Other major projects at the end of the 2000s included the Tacoma
Bridge in Washington state,
Jamnagar Refinery expansion in
India, Equatorial GuineaLNG, and
Oak Creek Power Plant
Oak Creek Power Plant in
Locations and operational activities
Bechtel's major operational locations are in
Cairo, Egypt ,
Australia , Calgary, Canada, Dubai, U.A.E,
Frederick, Maryland, Houston, Texas, London, UK, New
Delhi, India, Reston, Virginia, San Francisco, California,
Santiago, Chile, Shanghai, China, Nairobi, Kenya, Taipei,
Taiwan, and Washington, D.C., USA.
The company's main headquarters are located at its San Francisco
office, while the Reston office houses the company's global
operational headquarters, as well as the headquarters of the
Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit and the
North American offices of the
Infrastructure global business
unit. The company's Oil, Gas & Chemicals unit is based in
Houston office. The Washington office maintains both a
Political Action Committee and a lobbying program.
Outside of North America, the
Infrastructure unit’s headquarters is
located at the company’s
London office. The Mining & Metals
unit is headquartered at the company’s
Brisbane office and also
maintains operations in
Santiago and Dubai. In 2013, the
company established its global center of engineering excellence in
Dubai focusing on rail and marine projects. It established
innovation centers in
London in 2015 to test new
Bechtel works on global megaprojects through its four business
units. The company frequently manages work from design through
construction phases. Its corporate values include safety,
quality, and ethics.
Infrastructure unit handles transportation, fossil and renewable
power, transmission and communications.
include highways and bridges, rail, ports, and aviation projects, as
well as hydroelectric facilities.
Bechtel has built more than
17,200 miles (27,700 km) of roadway, 390 individual power plants,
50 hydroelectric plants, as well as 20 towns and cities
globally. It has worked on 300 subway and rail projects, 80 port
and harbor projects, and 96 major airport projects.
Infrastructure unit is leading a consortium in the
engineering, procurement and construction of the lines One and Two of
Saudi Arabia metro, which began construction in April
Bechtel is also participating in the building of
London's Crossrail, a $24 billion project that will connect commuter
towns east and west of
London and is intended to serve an estimated
200 million people a year upon completion. As of June 2015,
the project is 65% complete.
Since 2015, it has been overseeing the project management of the
Spadina subway extension for the Toronto Transit Commission. In
Bechtel began construction on the first stage of the Edmonton
Valley Line Light Rail Transit project in Alberta, Canada, the first
under P3 (private-public partnership) business group.
The unit is involved in several ongoing projects as of 2016, including
building national infrastructure in Gabon and the continuous
Jubail in Saudi Arabia. It is also building
Google Fiber in several markets in the Southeastern
Power projects in 2016 include natural gas-fired combined cycle
facilities for Panda Power Funds: the Panda Hummel Station Power Plant
Pennsylvania and the Stonewall Energy Center in Virginia.
For Advanced Power,
Bechtel is working on three combined cycle plants,
South Field Energy and Carroll County Energy in Ohio, and Cricket
Valley Energy in New York. It is also building the Keeyask
Generating Station, a hydroelectric power plant for
Manitoba Hydro in
Among recently completed projects,
Bechtel finalized Phase I of an
extension of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail in Northern
Virginia and completed the
Hamad International Airport
Hamad International Airport in
Qatar in 2014. It completed a 17.4 kilometres
(10.8 mi) four-lane motorway in Kosovo, which was finished a year
ahead of schedule in November 2013, and was selected to build a
new 37-mile motorway linking Kosovo's capital, Pristina, to
Bechtel's completed renewable projects include the world's largest
solar thermal project, the
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in
California, which began producing power in February 2014 and has the
capacity to double solar thermal power production in the United
States. The unit also completed the Catalina Solar
photovoltaic generating facility and the construction of the
California Valley Solar Ranch in 2013.
In August 2013, the unit completed the Hanna Region Transmission
Development, a power transmission project in Canada, which included
1,200 new transmission towers and 219 kilometres (136 mi) of
Mining & Metals
The Mining & Metals (M&M) unit works on projects related to
the mining and production of materials such as aluminum, coal, copper,
iron ore, alumina and other metals and minerals. The unit operates on
six continents and has completed hundreds of major mining projects as
well as more than 1,000 mining studies. It has also finished
42 major copper projects, 30 aluminum smelters, 15 major coal
projects, and eight alumina refinery projects.
In 2013, the unit completed construction of Saudi Arabia's first
aluminum smelter in Ras Al-Khair, the Daunia coal mine in
Queensland, Australia, and the expansion of the Kooragang Coal
Port Waratah in Australia, increasing capacity to 145
million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).
That same year, M&M was chosen to provide the engineering,
procurement, and construction of a water system and desalination plant
Escondida copper mine in Chile.
In 2014, M&M completed the Caval Ridge coal mine in
Queensland, and began operations at Escondida’s OLAP copper
cathode project, which consisted of a new dynamic leaching pad and a
mineral handling system.
In 2015, the unit completed the Las Bambas copper concentrator in Peru
for MMG, the
Kitimat aluminum smelter in
Canada for Rio Tinto
Group., and the
Escondida Organic Growth Project 1 (OGP1), the
largest single-line copper concentrator ever built. It also
completed a third berth for the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)
at Hay Point
Coal Terminal in Queensland, Australia, which increased
export capacity from the existing 44 Mtpa to 55 Mtpa.
Bechtel began building the Al Taweelah alumina refinery (formerly
Shaheen) in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates for Emirates Global
Aluminium (EGA) in 2015.
In April 2016,
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) announced that
been appointed Engineering, Procurement, and
(EPCM) contractor for the company’s Line 6 Expansion Project. The
initiative will make Alba the world’s largest single-site aluminum
smelter upon completion, boosting production to 1.5 Mtpa. That
same month, Rio Tinto announced that
Kitimat had reached full
production levels of 420,000 tpa, while Las Bambas achieved
commercial production in July 2016. As of 2016,
advancing the Amrun bauxite initiative for Rio Tinto in Australia,
which announced project approval in November 2015.
Oil, Gas & Chemicals
Oil Gas & Chemical unit designs and builds liquefied natural
gas (LNG), oil, pipeline, petrochemicals, and natural gas
facilities. Since the company's founding, it has built
approximately 50,000 miles (80,000 km) of pipeline systems, more
than 50 major oil and gas field developments, and completed over 380
major chemical and petrochemical projects. The unit also
constructs and tests tanks for LNG storage.
Bechtel is overseeing
a third of the world’s LNG liquefaction capacity under
Since 2011 the unit has been building three LNG plants on Curtis
Island in Queensland, Australia. It completed the first of six
trains in January 2016, and the project was named a 2016 Global
Best Projects by
Engineering News-Record in the category of
"Power/Industrial". The unit is also constructing the Wheatstone
project, a two-train LNG plant that is one of Australia's largest
energy resource efforts.
Bechtel is responsible for the engineering, procurement and
construction of five LNG trains for the
Sabine Pass Liquefaction
project in Louisiana. The initial cargo from the first completed
train was delivered in 2016. As of 2016 the unit has completed
approximately 36% of an LNG project in Corpus Christi, Texas, which
includes three LNG trains, three LNG storage tanks, and two
In May 2013, the unit was awarded a contract for the front-end
engineering design of the Pacific NorthWest LNG in Vancouver, BC.
In March 2014, the unit was awarded a contract to construct facilities
in Georgia for the Shah Deniz II gas field in Azerbaijan. In
Bechtel was contracted by Delfin LNG, to provide
front-end engineering and design for a planned floating LNG vessel at
Port Delfin off the coastline of Louisiana, which would be the first
in the U.S. Also in 2015, the unit was awarded a contract to
manage the engineering, procurement, and construction of 12 new
natural-gas pipelines in Thailand.
In June 2013,
Bechtel was named the project manager of a
megapetrochemical complex in
Qatar at the Ras Laffan Industrial
City. The company was part of a consortium selected by PTT GC
America in 2015 to provide front-end engineering and design for a new
petrochemical complex in Belmont County, Ohio. It is also the
lead contractor for a Shell petrochemical plant in Beaver County,
Bechtel's technology was licensed for facility upgrades at the Rijeka
Croatia in February 2014. In 2016, the unit was
contracted by the
Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation to design an
upgrade to the coker unit at the Assiut refinery in
Egypt using its
ThruPlus technology. Also in 2016, it was awarded a contract to
upgrade a refinery in
Beaumont, Texas for ExxonMobil, using
ExxonMobil's proprietary SCANfining technology.
Nuclear, Security, & Environmental
The Nuclear, Security, & Environmental unit handles the
company’s government work and commercial nuclear businesses. The
unit supports U.S. and international governmental organizations
including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy. Since
Bechtel has designed, serviced, or delivered 80 percent of
all nuclear plants in the U.S.
As of 2016,
Bechtel leads a consortium that manages three national
security-related facilities in the U.S.: the Los Alamos National
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the combined
Y-12 National Security Complex/Pantex Plant.
numerous sustainability awards for its work with these facilities from
the National Nuclear Security Administration, including twelve in
Bechtel has been contracted to manage the
United States Navy's nuclear
propulsion research facilities since 2011. In June 2013 the unit
completed design and construction on a U.S. Missile Defense Agency
project at Fort Greely, Alaska, which included three missile fields
and forty silos. In 2014 the U.K. Ministry of Defence selected
Bechtel to support the
Royal Navy and Air Force on procurement and
managed support services. Additionally, in 2016,
providing testing and operations for the Arnold Engineering
Development Complex at the
Arnold Air Force Base
Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee.
Other government work includes the construction of the facilities to
treat the liquid radioactive waste stored underground at the
Department of Energy's Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington. The
unit also manages U.S. Department of Defense contracts to dismantle
and dispose of stored chemical weapons, including decades-old mustard
and nerve gas from World War II. It completed the
construction of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant
as part of this work in 2015. Since May 2012,
Bechtel has been
part of a consortium completing the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement, a
structure that will safely confine the damaged Chernobyl Nuclear
Reactor Number 4. As of 2016, It is a partner in Savannah River
Remediation, the liquid waste contractor for the Savannah River Site
in South Carolina.
Bechtel completed work on
Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts
Bar 2 nuclear reactor. It has been fulfilling an
engineering, procurement and construction contract to replace three
steam generators at the
Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station
Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station in
Pennsylvania since 2013. In May 2016, a joint
Bechtel won a contract to conduct front-end
engineering and design for the eventual construction of Wylfa Newydd,
a nuclear power station in
Wales for Horizon Nuclear Power.
Brendan Bechtel is
Chairman and is the fifth generation of the
Bechtel family to lead the company. Jack Futcher is president and
chief operating officer. Peter Dawson has been chief financial
officer since 2014.
Bechtel executives at times held important
positions in the
United States government. Notably, Reagan's cabinet
had two former
Caspar Weinberger and George
Shultz, serving as
Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State
Financials and rankings
Bechtel ranked ninth on Forbes' list of America's Largest
Private Companies by revenue, and it was ranked 7th on Fortune's
list of the 25 Most Important Private Companies. It has been
named the top U.S. Contractor by revenue by
for eighteen years in a row and ranked third on the publication's Top
250 International Contractors list by revenue for 2015.
Arch-gravity dam in the
Black Canyon of the Colorado
Black Canyon of the Colorado River
commissioned by the
Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of Reclamation to control flooding and
provide water and hydroelectric power to the Southwestern United
States and California. At the time of construction, it was the
world's biggest dam and the largest public works project in the
history of the U.S.
Bechtel bid on the project as part of Six
Companies, Inc., a group of several smaller contractors.
construction from 1931 until completion in 1935. The
Hoover Dam was
Bechtel's first megaproject.
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
Public transportation system for
San Francisco Bay Area. Bechtel
engineered, designed, and built BART for the Bay Area Rapid Transit
District through a joint venture called
Construction began in 1964 and was
completed in 1976.
Jubail Industrial City
Largest industrial city in the
Middle East and the largest
construction engineering project in the world.
been overseeing construction since the project's inception in the
mid-1970s. The city has been built from a master plan designed by
Bechtel and encompasses infrastructure to support 19 primary
industries, and produce oil and gas-based products including refined
oil, petrochemicals, steel, glass and aluminium.
Bechtel has also
built housing, retail space, mosques, schools, clinics, and fire
Bechtel began construction on an expansion to the city,
Jubail Industrial City II, in 2006.
Channel Tunnel (Chunnel)
32-mile undersea tunnel connecting the
United Kingdom and France
considered by the
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers to be one of the
"Seven Wonders of the Modern World".
Bechtel was chosen to manage
the project by
Eurotunnel in 1987.
Construction lasted from 1988 to
Oil Field Restoration
Following the Gulf War,
Bechtel was contracted to lead a team to
restore oil fields damaged by Iraqi forces, including repairing 749
wells, of which 650 of which were on fire.
Bechtel completed the task
in eight months and under budget.
Boston Central Artery/Tunnel
Interstate 93 that runs through downtown Boston,
Parsons Brinckerhoff jointly supervised the
planning and construction that re-routed and rebuilt the Central
Artery from an elevated roadway to a series of underground
tunnels. Planning began in 1982 and construction lasted from 1991
to 2006, approximately ten years longer than initially planned.
Also known as "Big Dig", the project included construction of the
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, the widest cable-stayed
bridge in the world, and an underwater tunnel that traverses the
Boston Harbor and connects downtown Boston with Logan International
Airport. The megaproject was considered the most complex and
expensive highway project in
United States history.
High Speed 1
High-speed railway that connects
London with the Channel Tunnel.
Originally called the
Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL),
Bechtel led the
London and Continental Railways consortium of companies in the design,
project management, and construction of the railway, including a
renovation of the St Pancras railway station. The group was
selected by the UK government in 1996 and construction was completed
High Speed 1
High Speed 1 is considered the "UK's first truly high speed
Rapid transit system in Athens, Greece.
Bechtel led a consortium that
built two new lines, including 17 miles of rail expansion and two
stations prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics. The company also
worked with Greece's Ministry of Culture and Sports to ensure
unearthed archaeological artifacts were preserved. It's estimated
that the system reduced traffic by between 200,00 and 375,000
Chernobyl Shelter Stabilization and New Safe Confinement
Structure to confine the
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine,
which exploded in 1986 in the worst nuclear accident in history.
The confinement is designed to last 100 years and replaces the
original "sarcophagus" erected to contain radiation following the
Bechtel began repairs in 1998 and is now part
of the team overseeing construction of the arch, which is planned to
be installed over Unit 4 of the reactor in 2017.
Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant
Vitrification plant to process radioactive waste at the Hanford site
in Washington into a stable form that can be safely disposed. Bechtel
was selected by the
United States Department of Energy to lead the
team designing, constructing, and commissioning the plant, which
is expected be the largest of its kind. Work began in 2001, but
the project had significant delays due to technical problems and
design issues. As of 2016, operations for processing
"low-activity" waste are scheduled to begin as early as 2022.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Suspension bridge crossing the
Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Tacoma Narrows Bridge was built in the 1960s.
selected with Peter Kiewit and Sons by the Washington State Department
of Transportation to build a second, parallel bridge to accommodate
Construction began in 2002 and was completed
in 2007. It was the largest American bridge built since the
Bridge in 1964.
Sabine Pass LNG
Facility of six LNG trains currently in development and a
regasification plant at
Sabine Pass in Louisiana.
Bechtel is working
on the project for Cheniere Energy Partners. Between 2005 and 2009,
Bechtel built the regasification terminal. As of 2016, Trains 1 and 2
are complete, and the other trains are at varying levels of
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
U.S. research facilities that focus on nuclear weapons and national
Bechtel has managed both laboratories in a joint venture
with the University of
California and other organizations since 2006
under contracts with the Department of Energy.
Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station
Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station completion
Nuclear power plant in
Tennessee made up of two reactors used for
electric power generation. In 2007,
Bechtel was chosen by the
Tennessee Valley Authority to complete the second unit, which had
stopped construction in 1985. Watts Bar Unit 2 was completed in 2015.
It was the first nuclear reactor to come online in the United States
Commuter rail linking
Heathrow Airport to central
London and providing
connections to the city and suburbs.
Bechtel is part of a team of
companies overseeing construction. Development began in 2009 and
tunneling was completed in 2015. The
Crossrail is the largest
infrastructure project in Europe, and it will serve an estimated 1.5
million people upon completion.
Gabon National Infrastructure
Master plan for infrastructure development in Gabon. Called “Le
Gabon Émergent”, the plan was created by
Bechtel and President Ali
Bongo Ondimba in 2010. Its goal is to invest $25 billion in new
infrastructure by 2025.
Bechtel established the country's
Infrastructure Agency and is overseeing all public works
projects in the country through 2016, including in the areas of
education, housing, and transport.
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
Solar thermal power plant located in the
Mojave desert in California.
The plant was developed and designed by BrightSource Energy, which
Bechtel to construct the plant between 2009 and 2014.
Bechtel was also an investor in the project. Ivanpah uses
heat-generating mirrors that create steam, powering turbines that
produce electricity. It is the largest operating solar farm in the
Curtis Island LNG
Three liquefied natural gas plants on Curtis Island in Queensland,
Bechtel was contracted to design and build the LNGs for
three separate joint ventures. Upon completion, the trains will
produce 8% of all LNG production.
Rapid transit system under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Bechtel was contracted in 2013 to head a consortium to develop six
lines, including all tunneling and stations. In 2016,
that it is the largest civil engineering project the company has
undertaken in its history. The metro is scheduled to be completed in
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