The Bechtel Report 2016

Passing On a Sustainable Legacy

We aspire to deliver projects that make our customers, colleagues, and communities proud. When we demobilize from a project, we leave a positive legacy that remains long after we are gone.

We regard sustainability as our responsibility to enhance the positive effects of our projects where possible and avoid or mitigate the potentially negative ones. We believe that we are not just delivering a physical asset to our customers and communities, but also creating an enabling environment that will benefit them in the long term.

Strong collaboration between Bechtel and local businesses has enabled many of them to expand their operations to meet the growing demand for goods and services. Ashley Roderick expanded his business, AJR Holdings Pty Ltd, through the construction phase of the Curtis Island projects.

AJR Holdings Pty Ltd, Curtis Island LNG

Curtis Island LNG: A legacy of trust

Bechtel delivered three liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants (Australia Pacific LNG, Santos GLNG, and Queensland Curtis LNG) on Curtis Island, off the coast of Gladstone. The development is part of the largest capital investment in Australia’s history. Six Bechtel-built production trains are now exporting LNG to meet the world’s growing demand for low-carbon fuels to power homes, transportation, industries, and cities.

Protecting the environment

65 acres
(26.3 hectares) rehabilitated with indigenous seeds (Australia Pacific LNG and Santos GLNG projects)
100M+ gallons
(378 million liters) of wastewater treated to remove harmful nitrogen
~57,550 cubic yards
(44,000 cubic meters) of waste recycled, equivalent to 20 times the volume of a hot-air balloon

The three LNG plants are adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and are part of the Curtis Island Environmental Management Precinct. Biodiversity protection was a key sustainability objective during construction, with a variety of native wild fowl, marine mammals, and reptiles depending on the natural ecosystem.

At Santos GLNG, Bechtel developed an advanced wastewater treatment plant that removed more than 95 percent of nitrogen and phosphorous from sanitary wastewater produced at the site and its camp. While nitrogen and phosphorous contribute to growth of marine phytoplankton, algae, sea grasses, and corals, indiscriminate discharge can lead to imbalances in marine life with detrimental consequences to marine habitat.

At Queensland Curtis LNG, maximizing recycling efforts to reuse almost 90 percent of materials allowed us to keep timber, aggregates, concrete, and soil on site to use for controlling erosion, building roads, and managing stormwater drainage. In addition, we introduced natural organisms to break down pollutants in contaminated soil on the site for reuse.

Bechtel developed an advanced wastewater treatment plant that removed more than 95 percent of harmful nitrogen and phosphorous from sanitary wastewater

Curtis Island LNG

Promoting economic development


paid in local wages


spent on local goods and services


contracts awarded


purchase orders to local companies


local people employed


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people employed


trained adult apprentices

Overall, more than 10,000 people from the neighboring communities worked on the Curtis Island projects, including more than 500 indigenous people and 436 trained adult apprentices—the largest apprenticeship intake in the country’s history. Workers with transferrable skills and experience working on a nearby demobilizing Bechtel project were hired for comparable jobs at Curtis Island.

Once hired, the employees received comprehensive and consistent training across the three projects. At least 350 people per month took part in some form of accredited training from more than 70 instructors. More than 23,000 workers participated in the program, which received the Queensland Training Award from the state.

Bechtel-led supplier forums gave local entrepreneurs and businesses tools for assessing products and services to offer during the project, forging stronger connections between Bechtel and the community. Bechtel worked with local firms through at least 37,000 purchase orders, while also offering training on building sustainable businesses, including managing the fluctuations resulting from completion of construction on Curtis Island.

Partnering with communities

Bechtel established a Centralized Services Organization (CSO), embedded in Gladstone, that has meaningfully built trust with the community’s 35,000 residents. Through the CSO, the project established committees of local police, industry managers, customers, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and small-business owners to address concerns ranging from health and safety to the influx of workers. One successful committee action allayed concerns that an influx of workers would lead to escalating rent by capping housing rental prices.

The CSO also supported a workforce investment plan to engage local charities and organizations. We fostered local ownership of the projects’ sustainable outcomes by enabling our workers to serve as advocates for their communities. Workers assessed priority issues in their neighborhoods then participated in allocating technical and financial resources.

Annual Bechtel-conducted surveys of community leaders showed consistently increasing favorability of the projects since the CSO was established. By giving the community an opportunity to experience the projects firsthand, and by addressing sensitive issues quickly and consistently, we helped foster a deeper appreciation of the LNG projects for their social, environmental, and economic benefits.

Las Bambas: A legacy of responsibility

In 2015, our work on the Las Bambas copper mine project, in Peru, achieved mechanical completion. Representing 2 percent of the world’s copper production, Las Bambas is nearing a successful close and will be a flagship operation for MMG Limited, our customer.

Protecting the environment

environmental commitments
environmental procedures, programs, tools, and plans
environmental awareness and call-to-action campaigns
environmental impacts during construction

Bechtel developed a comprehensive environmental management system comprising 1,200 procedures, programs, tools, and plans, with regular audits and site inspections to address more than 1,000 project-related environmental commitments. With this system in place, we had zero environmental impacts during the construction phase. Moreover, we advanced a culture of environmental protection and conservation for the entire project. We organized and conducted nearly 30 workshops that included more than 1,000 residents and covered environmental protection and conservation issues, such as recycling plastics and metals. Local contractors also launched environmental awareness campaigns that involved more than 400 residents.

Las Bambas

Promoting economic development


jobs created


workers qualified for higher-level positions


in local goods and services purchased


local companies engaged


business training workshops completed


local entrepreneurs trained


hours of business training delivered


indirect jobs generated

By connecting local communities to direct employment opportunities, Bechtel created more than 5,000 jobs and conducted 24,000 hours of training for positions such as surveying and earthworks.

In the past three years, Bechtel purchased nearly $100 million in goods and services from local suppliers. We also wanted to ensure that the benefit of local economic development stayed intact after we departed. Bechtel and our partner ran a series of workshops for local entrepreneurs to develop new skills and competencies in areas from health and safety standards for transportation, lodging, food, and laundry services to tax preparation and employee relations. The Laundry Association in Challhuahuacho, one of our host communities, gave Bechtel an award for our technical support and training to its members.

Las Bambas, Copper Concentrator, Peru

Partnering with communities

hours of education and training
workshops for 12,000+ women, children, parents, and teachers

Beyond technical and business training, Bechtel led our partners, contractors, and host communities in instituting social development programs. We provided at least 350 workshops to more than 12,000 community members on topics including literacy, conflict management, and family health and hygiene, as well as sessions covering environmental conservation, road safety, and respecting human rights.

Having our local contractors develop their own corporate responsibility and stakeholder engagement initiatives was a key behavior and skill we encouraged and fostered. All local contractors were expected to have social development programs as a contractual requirement.

Each year we trained community relations representatives from each contractor to plan and implement these programs, then followed up with periodic and year-end evaluations.

We provided at least 350 workshops to more than 12,000 community members on a wide range of topics.

“At Bechtel, we know our legacy is defined by what we leave behind; that is why we always endeavor to build and deliver based on sound social and environmental practices that benefit the customer and community.”

Joe Diaz Manager, start-up and operations, Bechtel