Bechtel awards contracts to two Saudi firms

The San Francisco based Bechtel company, which won reconstruction contracts in Iraq worth up to US $680 million, has awarded contracts to two Saudi companies for reconstruction projects in Iraq.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  June 10, 2003

The San Francisco based Bechtel company, which won reconstruction contracts in Iraq worth up to US $680 million, has awarded contracts to two Saudi companies for reconstruction projects in Iraq.

Al-Tamimi Global Company and National Catering Company won housing and catering contracts making the number of subcontracts awarded by Bechtel for reconstruction of the Iraqi capital Baghdad to 13. Kuwaiti firm Al Behr and Broadwell for special material was also awarded a contract.

Most of the subcontracts have gone to American and British firms that include: Olive Security that has been given three temporary security contracts, Armor Group Land Mines, Armor Group that will provide various services on sub-contract basis, Great Lakes Dredge & Docks, an American company that will oversee the cleaning of port waters and sea survey at Umm Qasr Port, Titanium Maritime, another American firm will also conduct sea survey at Hatam, Umm Qasr. US based Frestar will carry out work related to satellite communication systems.

So far, over 4,500 firms have registered with Bechtel for upcoming subcontracts. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has been in charge of awarding contracts. The nine Iraq reconstruction projects are worth $2.4 billion.

The company also said that it would be hosting conferences in Washington, London and Kuwait to receive applications for sub-contracts from interested firms.

The contract granted to Bechtel includes roads, hospitals, airports, government buildings and water and electric power networks.

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