Joe Thompson
General Manager, Downstream & Chemicals

Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson is general manager of Bechtel’s Downstream and Chemicals business line in the company’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals business unit. He was elected a senior vice president in 2014.

Joe has extensive experience in megaproject development and execution, deep knowledge of the refining, onshore oil and gas and petrochemicals markets, and proven track record of engaging teams and stakeholders in successful project delivery.

Throughout his 38-year career with Bechtel, Joe served in a variety of engineering, construction, project controls, and project management roles holding key management positions on projects in the USA, Malaysia, China, and the Middle East. In 2007, Joe was named president of Bantrel, a Bechtel affiliate in Canada. He later assumed program management responsibility for the Motiva Crude Expansion project in Texas, successfully completing the construction and commissioning phases.

Joe became the general manager of Bechtel’s Downstream and Chemicals business line in 2017. He was crucial to Bechtel securing engineering, procurement and construction contract with Shell for a new ethane cracker complex in Pennsylvania, subsequently leading the project to site mobilization.

Joe has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, New York, and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

About Bechtel

Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.  

Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.

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