Bechtel lands Iraqi contracts

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the award of a multi-million dollar Iraq emergency infrastructure repair and rehabilitation contract to San Francisco, California-based Bechtel. The initial award for this capital construction contract to Bechtel is USD 34.6 million, though it provides for funding of up to USD 680 million over 18 months. Funding is subject to Congressional authority and availability. The contract calls for the repair, rehabilitation or reconstruction of vital elements of Iraq’s infrastructure. This includes assessment and repair of power generation facilities, electrical grids, municipal water systems and sewage systems. There is also a provision in the contract for the rehabilitation or repair of airport facilities, and the dredging, repair and upgrading of the Umm Qasr seaport. The contract may also involve responsibility for the repair and reconstruction of hospitals, schools, selected ministry buildings and major irrigation structures, as well as restoration of essential transport links. It is anticipated that Bechtel will work through subcontractors on a number of these tasks after identifying specific needs. Through all of its activities, it will also engage the Iraqi population and work to build local capacity.

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