Providing training, boosting Egypt's energy independence

Since 2011, Bechtel has participated in the West Nile Delta (WND) gas development project near Alexandria in Egypt for British Petroleum (BP). Bechtel's scope began with front-end engineering and design before being selected to provide the engineering, procurement, and construction services for the onshore gas-processing plant to process hydrocarbon fluids from three offshore fields: Giza, Fayoum, and Raven.

The project combined the refurbishment of the brownfield Giza Fayoum facility as well as the construction of a greenfield Raven facility, with a combined production capacity expected to exceed 1.6 billion Standard Cubic Feet/Day (SCFD), equivalent to roughly 20% of Egypt's current gas production.

WND represents a significant leap forward in the nation's quest for energy independence and reducing energy costs around the country. Energy infrastructure projects like WND play a critical role in positioning the country as a key commercial hub in the Middle East region.

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Local workforce development

The project provided local employment opportunities in addition to the benefits the plants will deliver to the regional economy and industries.

WND expanded workforce capabilities by conducting recruitment outreach to local communities, employing more than 7,000 craft professionals and more than 300 professionals across many key disciplines throughout the construction phase.

Nationally recognized training programs were implemented through the phases of construction to ensure the workforce has the required skills to complete complex construction activities. This training has also provided upskilling opportunities to the local workforce which would assist in future job opportunities in the construction industry in Egypt.

Through more than 26,000 hours of training was provided to 3,500 craft professionals. Training was provided across many disciplines including:

  • Advanced work packaging
  • Rigging
  • Scaffolding
  • Pipefitting
  • Concreting

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Enduring impacts on safety culture

One of the most critical and enduring benefits of the WND project is its safety culture. Our team developed this culture through safety campaigns, rigorous oversight, and the implementation of an innovative Safety Hazard Training School at the project site. This school used mockups, visual aids, and simulations to give trainees realistic experience in recognizing and mitigating jobsite hazards. The project has conducted more than 4,500 safety-related classes for more than 20,000 employees as well as 700 community participants. As a result of the training and the improved safety culture, dropped object incidents decreased by 60%, and fall protection incidents decreased by 50%.

Mechanical Completion of all process units during 2019 and turned the systems over to BP for the commissioning phase.

Bechtel has continued to maintain a team at the project to support BP with their Start Up Stay Up program as the project moves into operations.