The $16B Korea High-Speed Rail (KHSR) project was the largest single project in South Korea at the time of construction. The line runs between Seoul, in the north west, and Busan, a major port city, in the south east. The corridor between these cities is the most densely populated in the Republic of Korea, home to 70 percent of the nation’s population. It carries 65 percent of its passenger traffic and 70 percent of its freight traffic. High-speed services were launched in April 2004.
In the initial stages of the project, Bechtel helped the Korea High Speed Rail Construction Authority evaluate capital and operational aspects of the three major high-speed rail transportation technologies from Germany, France, and Japan. Bechtel reviewed and modified the requests for proposals and prepared the evaluation criteria for bids for rolling stock, catenary, and automatic train control.
Bechtel then provided project management services, working with the Korea High Speed Rail Construction Authority as part of an integrated project management organization. Bechtel’s work included design management, railway operations, quality control, safety, and cost and schedule management.