Bechtel and Leading Industry Experts Outline Key Strategies to Protect Energy Systems

06 April 2015 RESTON, VA

Experts to Share Insights on How to Build Sustainable, Resilient and Energy Infrastructure

Dr Amos AvidanBechtel’s Dr. Amos Avidan, Senior Vice President and Bechtel's Manager of Corporate Engineering and Technology, today joins industry experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for the panel event, "Sustainable Energy Infrastructure: Managing Growing Cities."

Billions of dollars in energy infrastructure are damaged or destroyed each year as a result of natural disasters. Increased urbanization, especially the growth of megacities, along with resource constraints amplify the impact of extreme weather events and threaten to wreak social and economic havoc on regions around the world. Planning for and implementing sustainable and resilient design is critical and will enable governments and societies to recover, rehabilitate, and resume their economic development with greater certainty.

“Future-proofing our energy facilities requires a critical rethink of how we design, construct, operate, and protect the whole energy system from development to distribution,” said Dr. Amos Avidan, Senior Vice President and Bechtel's Manager of Corporate Engineering and Technology. “Bechtel has contributed to a century of global development. Our vision is to design facilities that are built and operated in an environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically efficient manner that will leave a positive and sustainable impact on our customers and on society.”

Bechtel is actively working to deliver renewable sources of power and energy sources of the future. The company recently constructed the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, one of the world’s largest solar facilities located in California’s Mojave Desert in addition to three of the cleanest and most efficient natural gas facilities in the United States. Bechtel is also working with partners to develop a fusion power plant that produces no greenhouse gases or other harmful emissions.

Today’s discussion takes place from 1-2:30 p.m. Follow the conversation about the importance of sustainable energy infrastructure on Twitter by typing in the hashtag #build100.