Bechtel carved out a job site alongside a glacier-fed fjord by the Norwegian Sea in order to construct Alcoa’s first primary smelter in 20 years. Fjarðaál was the largest private investment in Iceland’s history and Bechtel’s first experience in the island nation near the Arctic Circle.
Designed as a zero-waste-to-landfill project, the Fjarðaál smelter is among the most environmentally sustainable facilities of its kind. Mirroring our customer’s environmental commitment, Bechtel worked closely with vendors and suppliers to ensure the return of reusable materials, and we contracted with local firms for recycling. Ultimately, more than 90 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills. For our efforts, Bechtel earned Iceland's highest environmental award, the Conch.