|Front row: Mike Adams, president, Bechtel Civil; Fatmir Limaj, Kosovo Minister of Transport and Communications; Sinan Tara, Chairman, Enka. Back row: Christopher Dell, U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo; Hasim Thaci, Kosovo Prime Minister; Metin Hüsrev Ünler, Turkish Ambassador to Kosovo; Andrew Sparkes, British Ambassador to Kosovo. Photo courtesy of Kosovo Ministry of Transport and Communications|
PRISTINA, Kosovo, April 12, 2010 – Bechtel and joint venture (JV) partner Enka today signed a contract with the government of Kosovo for the construction of the Morine-Merdar Motorway that will serve as a centerpiece of the country’s national transportation system. The four-lane motorway will run from the border with Albania at Morine to north of Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.
“We are proud to have been selected by Kosovo’s Ministry of Transport and Communications to build this motorway,” said Mike Adams, president of Bechtel Civil, which is the company’s business unit that oversees transportation projects. “The Bechtel-Enka JV has built motorways around the world, and we look forward now to working in partnership with the government on this important project for the development of Kosovo and its economy.”
“The Bechtel-Enka JV is very pleased to have been awarded the contract by the Kosovo Ministry of Transport and Communications to build this important motorway,” said Sinan Tara, chairman of Enka. “The motorway will be a key pillar in the development of the transportation infrastructure for Kosovo, providing access to international markets. We are proud to be playing a role in such a significant project.”
The Bechtel-Enka JV will be responsible for design management, procurement, and construction. The project will maximize opportunities to benefit the local economy through the use of local contractors, suppliers and employment on the project. Work is expected to begin in April 2010.
Working as an integrated team, the Bechtel-Enka JV has successfully completed infrastructure projects across Europe and Asia that include more than 28,000 kilometers of highways and roads, 100 tunnels, and 25 major bridge projects.
Bechtel is among the world's premier engineering, construction, and project management companies. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries and all seven continents. Bechtel is a global leader in developing, managing, and constructing civil infrastructure, from highway, airport, and rail systems to regional development programs. Today, its 49,000 professional and craft employees are teamed with customers, partners, and suppliers on hundreds of projects in nearly 50 countries. For more information about Bechtel visit www.bechtel.com.
Enka is the largest Turkish construction and engineering company, and one of the largest in the world. Enka has enjoyed 50 years of successful projects in Europe, Africa, and Asia. For more information about Enka visit www.enka.com.
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