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SWITZERLAND—The International Computers & Communications Association presented Bechtel with its 2003 World Leader Award in Geneva last October. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to building telecommunications and information technology infrastructure.


USA—The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC a contract to accelerate environmental cleanup and reduce health risks at its Oak Ridge, Tennessee, site. The new contract, estimated at $1.8 billion, is expected to save DOE $1.4 billion over the life of its Oak Ridge environmental management program. The Bechtel Jacobs joint venture has been cleanup contractor at Oak Ridge since 1998.


NEW ZEALAND—Bechtel and McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd. have signed a contract to build the $750 million Project Aqua hydroelectricity system for Meridian Energy, New Zealand’s largest electricity generator. The companies will work with Meridian on cost development until September 2004, followed by detailed design and construction if the project proves economically and environmentally viable. It would be the largest construction project in New Zealand in more than 10 years.


USA—In separate operations recently, two giant caissons were towed into position to serve as seabed foundations for the 155-meter-high towers that will support the new Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge near Seattle, Washington. Powered by four tugboats each, the caissons traveled about 23 kilometers from the Port of Tacoma. Hundreds of spectators watched each operation. With a main span of 853 meters, the bridge is the longest built in the United States in more than 40 years. A Bechtel joint venture is managing construction for the Washington State Department of Transportation.



    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Bechtel SAIC Company, the prime contractor for the Yucca Mountain Project, its “Star” status award for safety excellence.
    The Channel Tunnel Rail Link project’s safety communication campaign has won the Communications Award from an alliance of UK construction organizations. Judges cited the program’s innovative methods of taking safety communication to the project’s dispersed workforce.
    Bechtel’s team building a microelectronics assembly and test facility for IBM recently hit a significant safety milestone: 4.7 million job hours without a lost-time accident.
    Bechtel employees have worked 6.9 million hours without a lost-time accident constructing a liquefied natural gas plant.


KAZAKHSTAN—Bechtel has been awarded a $340 million, six-year contract by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to help secure and safeguard former biological research and production centers in central Asia. Work has begun at 12 sites in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia, three of nine countries that inherited biological weapons-related materials and facilities upon the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.


IRAQ—The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has named Bechtel National as contractor for Iraq Infrastructure II, the next phase of the program to rehabilitate and repair Iraq’s infrastructure system. Bechtel will team with Parsons of Pasadena, California, and Horne Engineering Services of Fairfax, Virginia, on the 24-month contract valued at 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.


 ICELAND—Alcoa has selected Bechtel to build its $1 billion Fjardaál Aluminum Smelter near the village of Reydarfjördur, in eastern Iceland. Bechtel will provide engineering, procurement, construction, and project management services for the four-year project, its first assignment in Iceland. The facility’s design will meet Alcoa’s strict sustainable development objectives, including air emissions and process-water discharge.


AUSTRALIA—Comalco Aluminium Ltd. has awarded Bechtel a $110 million contract to expand operations at its Weipa and Andoom bauxite mines on the west coast of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula. The project will increase output from both mines to meet the requirements of the new Comalco Alumina Refinery, which Bechtel is building at Gladstone. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2004.


USA—A Bechtel joint venture will provide preliminary engineering for a 22.5-kilometer monorail in Seattle, Washington. The north-south Green Line project is the first phase in the development of a citywide 93-kilometer monorail program by the Seattle Popular Monorail Authority. The joint venture with Jacobs Civil expects to complete the initial phase of its services by April 2005.


Paul Divjak has been named president and general manager of Bechtel BWXT Idaho, a Bechtel National, Inc.-led company that manages and operates the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.


BAY BOOSTERS—The wetlands of San Francisco Bay form one of the world’s largest estuaries, with nesting grounds for millions of birds. Recently, 75 Bechtel employees and families spent a day by the Bay, removing non-native plants as part of an Audubon California initiative to restore the Bay’s wetlands. This 20-year effort will be the largest tidal wetlands project on the U.S. Pacific Coast, expanding marshes and other native-plant habitats for fish and birds while creating new recreational opportunities.

Two Bechtel-associated foundations have also funded grants to increase multicultural education and bay stewardship, and to build nature centers, restore habitat, and sponsor additional employee events.

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