68 Facts About Bechtel Corporation


Bechtel Corporation is an American engineering, procurement, construction, and project management company founded in San Francisco, California, and headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

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Bechtel's business activities began in 1898, when cattle farmer Warren A Bechtel moved from Peabody, Kansas, to the Oklahoma Territory to construct railroads with his team of mules.

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In 1906, W A Bechtel won his first subcontract to build part of the Oroville-to-Oakland section of the Western Pacific Railroad.

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Bechtel Corporation completed work on a series of railroad contracts during the early 1900s, culminating in an extension of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad finished in 1914.

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Bechtel Corporation built roads, bridges, and highways throughout the western United States.

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Bechtel Corporation worked on its first hydroelectric projects in the 1920s for Pacific Gas and Electric Company in California.

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Bechtel Corporation began working with California Standard Oil Company to build pipelines and refineries.

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In January 1931, Bechtel Corporation joined other contractors in the west to form Six Companies, Inc, a consortium created to bid for a contract from the US government to construct Hoover Dam.

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Warren Bechtel Corporation died unexpectedly in 1933 while in Moscow on business.

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Bechtel Corporation had no prior experience in shipbuilding, but bid for the entire 60 ships.

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Bechtel Corporation worked on a pipeline from the Yukon to Alaska called Canol for the United States Department of War during this period.

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Bechtel Corporation focused on turnkey projects, a concept Stephen Bechtel Sr.

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In 1947, Bechtel Corporation began construction on what was then the world's longest oil pipeline, the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, which began in Saudi Arabia, ran across Jordan and Syria, and ended in Lebanon.

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Bechtel Corporation continued to expand globally throughout the 1940s, particularly in the Middle East.

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In 1949, Bechtel Corporation began working with nuclear power after being contracted to build the Experimental Breeder Reactor I in Idaho.

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Bechtel Corporation later built the United States' first privately financed commercial nuclear power plant, the Dresden Generating Station, for Commonwealth Edison in Illinois in 1957.

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Bechtel Corporation began engineering work on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in 1959.

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Bechtel Corporation completed work on other megaprojects during the 1970s, including major airports in Saudi Arabia and the metro rail in Washington, DC In 1976, the company began work on the industrial city of Jubail in Saudi Arabia.

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Bechtel Corporation built the Ankara-Gerede Motorway in Turkey as part of the network of roadways linking Europe and Asia in 1986.

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Litigation ensued, and in January 2008, Bechtel Corporation settled with federal and state officials for $352 million with other contractors involved paying smaller amounts.

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In 1994, Bechtel Corporation began work on the US$20 billion Hong Kong Airport Core Programme, which was the largest civil engineering project at the time and included a new airport and nine other infrastructure projects.

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Bechtel Corporation managed design and construction of facilities for Olympic games: the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, and the Winter Games in Nagano, Japan in 1998.

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In 2001, Bechtel Corporation was part of a consortium to project manage the US$4.

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In 2001, Bechtel Corporation began work on the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant at the Hanford site in Washington state.

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For example, in 2013 the DOE Inspector General concluded that "Bechtel Corporation determined that there was a systemic problem and a breakdown in controls over the review of design changes", but that the company had taken steps to correct the problems.

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In 2003, Bechtel Corporation won a $680 million contract to begin rebuilding infrastructure in Iraq for US Agency for International Development.

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Bechtel Corporation won a competitively-bid second contract in January 2004, and completed 97 of 99 task orders of the contract, returning the two remaining projects due to the escalating security concerns in the country.

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Bechtel Corporation delivered over 35,000 trailers in under a year for displaced residents in Mississippi, though the company was criticized by officials and in the media for the cost and quality of work.

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In 2007, Bechtel Corporation began work on the Romanian A3 motorway and Albanian motorways.

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Protests were met with a cold shoulder response by Bechtel Corporation expressing they would simply cut-off water to those who did not pay.

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Bechtel Corporation frequently manages work from design through construction phases.

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Bechtel Corporation was the presenting sponsor of "Dream Big: Engineering Our World, " a 42-minute IMAX documentary produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Bechtel Corporation opened its welding and applied technology center in 2017 in the Houston Energy Corridor to train welding and construction workers.

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Bechtel Corporation has built more than 17,200 miles of roadway, 390 power plants, 50 hydroelectric plants, as well as 20 towns and cities globally.

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In July 2014, Bechtel Corporation was selected to build a new 37-mile motorway linking Kosovo's capital, Pristina, to Macedonia.

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Bechtel Corporation is participating in the building of London's Crossrail, a $24 billion project that will connect commuter towns east and west of London and is intended to serve an estimated 200 million people a year upon completion.

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In 2016, Bechtel Corporation began construction on the first phase of the Edmonton Valley Line Light Rail Transit project in Alberta, Canada, the first public–private partnership business group.

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Bechtel Corporation is involved in several ongoing projects as of 2016, including building national infrastructure in Gabon and supporting the continuous development of Jubail industrial city in Saudi Arabia.

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Bechtel Corporation has worked at Jubail for more than 40 years, and was granted a five-year extension on both projects June 2016.

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In February 2017, Bechtel Corporation was chosen to support setting up and operating Saudi Arabia's National Project Management Office.

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In May 2017, Bechtel Corporation was appointed the delivery management partner for the tunnels and stations excavation package of Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project.

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Bechtel Corporation won the contract in August 2017 to design and build a 473-kilometer highway with 19 interchanges linking Nairobi, Kenya's capital, to Mombasa, Kenya's main port.

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Bechtel Corporation is working on a project for Advanced Power, the Cricket Valley Energy Center in New York.

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Bechtel Corporation is building the Keeyask Generating Station, a hydroelectric power plant for Manitoba Hydro in Manitoba, Canada.

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Bechtel Corporation completed the Hanna Region Transmission Development, a power transmission project in Canada, which included 1,200 new transmission towers and 85 miles of transmission lines in 2013.

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Bechtel Corporation completed Phase I of an extension of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail in Northern Virginia and completed the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, in 2014.

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Bechtel Corporation completed the world's largest solar thermal project, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California, which began producing power in February 2014.

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In 2015, Bechtel Corporation began work as project manager of the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension for the Toronto Transit Commission.

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Bechtel Corporation completed construction of the Stonewall Energy Facility in May 2017.

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Bechtel Corporation began building the Al Taweelah alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for Emirates Global Aluminium in 2015.

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Bechtel Corporation completed the engineering, procurement, and construction of a water system and desalination plant for the Escondida copper mine in Chile in 2018.

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Bechtel Corporation has built a third of the world's LNG liquefaction capacity.

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Bechtel Corporation has built five LNG production trains for Cheniere Energy Partners LP as the Sabine Pass liquefaction project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

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In 2016, Bechtel Corporation completed roof raises on two tanks at a liquefaction plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, for Cheniere.

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Bechtel Corporation's technology was licensed for facility upgrades at the Rijeka Refinery in Croatia in February 2014.

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In June 2019, Kallanish Energy reported that Bechtel Corporation had been hired by Thailand's PTT Global Chemical America and South Korea-based partner Daelim to build a $6 billion ethane cracker on the Ohio River in Belmont County, Ohio.

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Since the 1950s, Bechtel Corporation has designed, serviced, or delivered 80 percent of all nuclear plants in the US.

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Bechtel Corporation has been contracted to manage the United States Navy's nuclear propulsion research facilities since 2011.

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Additionally, in 2016, Bechtel Corporation began providing testing and operations for the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at the Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee.

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In late 2017, Bechtel Corporation completed the assembly of two nuclear waste melters, each at 300 tons.

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Bechtel Corporation completed the construction of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in 2015.

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Since May 2012, Bechtel Corporation has been part of a consortium completing the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement, a structure that will safely confine the damaged Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Number 4.

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In 2016, Bechtel Corporation completed work on Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar 2 nuclear reactor.

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In May 2016, a joint venture including Bechtel Corporation won a contract to conduct front-end engineering and design for the eventual construction of Wylfa Newydd, a nuclear power station in Wales for Horizon Nuclear Power.

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Bechtel Corporation was awarded the contract and took over day-to-day construction of Plant Vogtle's Units 3 and 4 after Westinghouse Electric, the designer and principal contractor for the two new reactors, filed for bankruptcy.

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Brendan Bechtel Corporation is chairman and CEO and is the fifth generation of the Bechtel Corporation family to lead the company.

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In 2017, Bechtel Corporation ranked eighth on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies by revenue, and 7th on Fortune's list of the 25 Most Important Private Companies.

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Bechtel Corporation has been named the top US Contractor by revenue by Engineering News-Record for 20 years in a row and ranked 12th on the publication's Top 250 International Contractors list by revenue for 2018.

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