January 5, 1999
Ahmad Alajaji, vice president of Saudi Arabian Bechtel Company, has been named manager of the global engineering-construction firm's facility at Al-Khobar. The Al-Khobar office, staffed by 300 employees, is one of just a handful of global "execution units" capable of providing comprehensive services to Bechtel projects around the world.Alajaji, who holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from King Fahd University for Petroleum & Minerals, and a master of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, joined Bechtel's Jubail project in 1984, and rose through a series of successively responsible positions culminating in his assignment as director of engineering in 1991. After postings in Bechtel offices in San Francisco and London, Ahmad returned to Saudi Arabia in 1994 as business development manager for the petroleum and chemicals business line. In 1997, he assumed the additional responsibility as country manager for Bahrain, where he oversees all Bechtel activities in that country.
Alajaji To Lead Bechtel´s Al-khobar Facility
"Ahmad's appointment reflects the continued growth and professional development of our Saudi work-force, as well as our long-term commitment to the Kingdom," said Bill Dudley, the senior vice president in London who announced the appointment.
Bechtel's Al-Khobar office is part of a seamless international organization offering customers a consistent level of quality in engineering, construction, and support services. Bechtel also maintains executive offices in Riyadh, and is participating in numerous projects throughout the Kingdom, including the Ghazlan electric generating complex, Jubail and Yanbu infrastructure activities, the Shaybah oil and gas production complex, Aramco general engineering services, the Kingdom Trade Center project, and the TEP-6 telecommunications project.
Bechtel has been active in Saudi Arabia since 1944. Since its initial assignment on the Ras Tanura refinery, the firm has participated in more than 250 projects in the Kingdom, including power plants and pipelines, water and telecommunications systems, refineries, airports, highways, even entire industrial cities.
Alajaji replaces Mike Whelan, who will return to Bechtel's London office.
Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has completed 19,000 projects in 140 nations. Now in its fourth generation of family leadership, the privately held company has developed, financed, designed, and built some of the 20th century's leading infrastructure projects. The firm reported revenues of $11.3 billion in 1997.