Skip to content

Bechtel’s Impact Report

Bechtel Marks A Half-Century Working in the UAE

  • 02 April 2012
  • Defense & Nuclear Security, Digital communications, Engineering, Procurement & Construction, Environmental Cleanup & Management, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Mining & Metals, Press Release, Project & Program Management, Water

Bechtel is a Major Contributor to Emirates’ Infrastructure

Bechtel is celebrating its 50th anniversary of working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year.  From its first project in 1962, the Murban oil field development to Borouge petrochemical complex, Bechtel has been involved with some of the most significant infrastructure projects in the UAE during the last half century. These include Dubai International Airport, one of the world’s largest and busiest airports, as well as a number of major oil and gas, and power projects.

Bechtel’s current projects in the UAE include the Borouge 3 petrochemical complex in Ruwais and the Khalifa Port and Kizad (Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi) project.  Khalifa Port is a new-build, semi-automated container port, which is due to open later this year and is destined to become one of the advanced trading hubs in the region alongside a world scale industrial zone.

“Bechtel is proud to have been able to play a part over the last 50 years in helping the United Arab Emirates achieve its ambitions for its citizens. From oil recovery projects, to power plants and infrastructure projects, today the UAE is building its role as a pivotal trading hub for goods and services, with projects such as Khalifa Port and Kizad at the heart of it. The UAE leadership has demonstrated itself to be visionary and wants to see its vision translated into a reality,” said David Welch, president of Bechtel’s Europe, Africa and Middle East regions.

“The UAE has adopted a strategy of fast-paced development, and it has been important for Bechtel to be able to adapt to the changing needs of its customers in the country.  We are committed to delivering a quality product, in a sustainable and safe way, and with an emphasis on training,” added Welch.

As part of its anniversary year, Bechtel is the platinum sponsor of the World Ports Summit taking place on April 2-4 in Abu Dhabi.  David Welch will be speaking on April 2, as part of a panel discussion on world trade and economics.

Since 1962, Bechtel has completed more than 100 projects in the UAE. Our projects successfully established top-class safety, quality and other programs based on best practices throughout the globe and in compliance with government rules and regulations. We are proud to have employed rigorous on-the-job and formal training of Emirati and international contractors working in the UAE. 

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 Energy; Infrastructure; Manufacturing & Technology; Mining & Metals; and Nuclear, Security & Environmental markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.

RSS icon Add the Bechtel News Feed to my RSS reader.