BPR-Bechtel Receives "Project of the Year Award" for Aclan

27 January 2006 Montreal, Canada

BPR-Bechtel Receives "Project of the Year Award" for Aclan


Managed by Guy Lapointe for BPR-Bechtel, the new potlining centre at Alcan's Alma smelter was an unmitigated success. As stated by Pierre Gagnon, Project Manager for the Alcan Primary Metal Group, "We benefited from four exceptional advantages: a project schedule shortened by five months, a 21% reduction in costs, the use of permanent facilities to train plant operators and early start-up of operations."

"Alcan considers this project to be a complete success in several ways," confirms Michel Charron, Vice President, BPR-Bechtel. "We achieved this success together thanks to the approach we employed and the cost savings we generated through the efficient use of resources and the application of innovative project management techniques."

The PMI Montreal chapter launched this annual competition in May 2005 to showcase excellence in engineering project management in Quebec. This award marks the first step in the selection process for PMI International and makes BPR-Bechtel and its client, the Alcan Primary Metal Group, eligible to win the "Project of the Year Award" bestowed every year since 1989 by PMI International.

Created in 2002 and based in Montreal, Canada, BPR-Bechtel is a trusted provider of best-in-class plant engineering and sustaining capital program management services to clients in the heavy industries. BPR-Bechtel is co-owned by Bechtel, one of the world's premier engineering-construction companies, and BPR, a Quebec-based engineering firm with exceptional industrial expertise. BPR-Bechtel's employee base increased from 325 in 2002 to more than 900 in 2005.

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