Jubail Industrial City is the largest civil engineering project in the world today. It also is one of Bechtel’s most remarkable achievements—a city built from the ground up, requiring vast resources and logistical planning on an unprecedented scale.
Bechtel has managed the Jubail project, located in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, since it began in the mid-1970s. In 2004, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu asked the company to manage Jubail II, a $3.8 billion expansion of the city’s industrial and residential areas.
With a population of more than 100,000, Jubail today accounts for more than 7 percent of the kingdom’s gross domestic product. The city has evolved into a major player in the global petrochemicals market, attracting top technical and business minds from 40 countries. Its residents attend two dozen schools, shop at 14 shopping centers, and play golf at the Whispering Sands course.
Jubail II will add a second industrial area to house up to 22 new primary industries. The project calls for the expansion of King Fahd Industrial Port, pipeline refurbishment, increasing capacity of the cooling system, and new desalination plants. The team will tailor plans to meet demand over the next 25 to 30 years.
Jubail took project management to a grand scale. At peak, the workforce reached 50,000. Total installed cost exceeded $40 billion.
Bechtel employees in Jubail come from many nations and have a wide range of education and training. This rich mixture of ethnic and national heritage makes for an interesting and challenging community in which to live.