Iraq Infrastructure Reconstruction: Project Update

Iraq Infrastructure Reconstruction: Project Update

26 June 2003

With 87 personnel in offices and camps in Baghdad, Umm Qasr, Basrah, and Al Hillah, Bechtel is progressing with its work on the Iraq reconstruction project. Port of Umm Qasr―Dredging, removal of unexploded ordnance and sunken vessels, and power repair work continue to progress at the port of Umm Qasr. The goal is to accommodate grain-bearing ships by mid-July. In the next two weeks, seven World Food Program vessels with approximately 103,000 tonnes (114,000 tons) of rice and bagged wheat flour are scheduled to arrive at the port.

Bechtel National, Inc. to Host its First Conference for Iraqi Contractors and Suppliers

Bechtel National, Inc. to Host its First Conference for Iraqi Contractors and Suppliers

16 June 2003

Bechtel National, Inc. will host in Baghdad Wednesday its first conference for Iraqi contractors and suppliers to inform them of its role in USAID's Iraq Infrastructure Reconstruction Program and how they might participate. USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios will deliver closing remarks. The June 18 event takes place at the Iraq Forum (Convention Center). Attendees should arrive at 9:00 a.m. in advance of a 10:30 a.m. start to the program. The sessions should continue until about 3:00 that afternoon. No fee will be charged for attendance, and no advance registration is required.

Progress on Iraq Infrastructure Work

Progress on Iraq Infrastructure Work

13 June 2003

Bechtel has been authorized to begin assessing damage to 4,000 primary and secondary schools as well as clinics in key cities throughout Iraq. Bechtel-led teams will evaluate which rehabilitation work will swiftly yield the greatest benefit for the most Iraqis—preliminarily estimated at about 1,400 facilities. Iraqi engineers, contractors, and suppliers will perform the work. This portion of the Iraq reconstruction project also includes repair to police and fire stations in Baghdad.

Bechtel Quebec to Play Major Role in Alcoa's Icelandic Aluminum Project

Bechtel Quebec to Play Major Role in Alcoa's Icelandic Aluminum Project

12 June 2003

Bechtel announced today that its Montreal office will handle the bulk of engineering, procurement, and project management in the construction of a US$1 billion smelter (Fjardaal) in eastern Iceland for Alcoa.
The decision to locate much of the work in Montreal—where Bechtel has its global Center of Aluminum Excellence and its North American mining and metals headquarters—reflects the company's commitment to Quebec and underscores the province's importance to the world aluminum industry. The aluminum center is expected to employ some 250 engineers and specialists for the Iceland project.

A Reply to Protesters' Allegations Against Bechtel

A Reply to Protesters' Allegations Against Bechtel

04 June 2003

In April, Bechtel was awarded a contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development to help the Iraqi people rebuild their country. Protest leaders have mobilized opposition to Bechtel on the basis of false claims and innuendo. Here are claims from their leaflets―and the facts.