Designing and delivering urban water systems

The world’s population is projected to increase from 7 billion today to 9.6 billion by 2050, with virtually all of that growth occurring in the developing world and its cities. As a result, the percentage of city dwellers will rise from the current 54 percent to almost 70 percent. Expected yearly growth of more than 60 million people will result in existing cities expanding and new cities being developed. Perhaps the most critical need for these cities is reliable access to water—for citizens, services and industry.

Our landmark work includes the groundbreaking national master plan for infrastructure for Gabon in Central Africa; Waad al Shamaal, a 170 square mile (440 square kilometer) city in Saudi Arabia's Northern Frontier; and Jubail in Saudi Arabia—one of Bechtel’s most remarkable achievements—a city built from the sand up, requiring vast resources and logistical planning on an unprecedented scale.


Bechtel and the government of Gabon developed a $25 billion national master plan for infrastructure. In addition, a public-works agency that Bechtel helped to establish―and is now supporting―is delivering 100 projects to serve the country's 1.5 million people.