Iraq project plan approved

The Coalition Provisional Authority and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have approved Bechtel’s Iraq infrastructure implementation plan, triggering a major mobilisation of work in the project’s priority sectors. These sectors include ports, airports, buildings, surface transportation, and water and wastewater. Bechtel is assessing the condition of 34 water treatment plants in Baghdad. The water team has drafted and submitted the design review package for the Kherkh wastewater plant and hired two Iraqi engineers to help develop repair subcontract scope and assist with subcontractor oversight. Also, Bechtel has received approval of job orders for the Saba Nissan Water Plant expansion and rehabilitation of lift stations in the Iraqi capital. On the Safwan water project in southern Iraq, the underground reservoir has been completed, the pumping station is 70% finished, and the chlorinator room is 40% completed. The project has logged 2300 job hours without a lost-time incident. In Basrah, Bechtel power and water teams are continuing the installation of emergency power generators for the main water treatment and pumping plants. The water team completed the installation and commissioning of five temporary emergency backup generators at three key sites. Plant operators are now trained to operate the generators, identify faults, and call for problem resolution. Once the sixth generator is commissioned, the city will have more than 7000 kilovolts available to help maximize the flow of water during planned power reduction periods. Bechtel intends to subcontract roughly 90% of its infrastructure project work. As of 17 August 17, Bechtel had awarded 75 subcontracts, and 41 of those have gone to Iraqi companies.

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