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Bechtel Receives Iraqi Reconstruction Contract

By K.L. Vantran
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2004 – Bechtel National Inc. has been selected as contractor for Iraq Infrastructure II, a program to rehabilitate and repair Iraq's infrastructure, an official with the Agency for International Development said here today.

Bechtel is teamed with Parsons of Pasadena, Calif., and Horne Engineering Services of Fairfax, Va., for the $1.8 billion contract. It will be implemented over 24 months in partnership with the Coalition Provisional Authority and in cooperation with Iraqi contractors, a senior USAID official told reporters in the Pentagon.

This contract basically will follow the contract currently under way, officials said. It will include such major infrastructure sectors as electric power systems, municipal water and sanitation services, road networks and rail systems, selected public buildings, ports and waterways, and airports. "We are honored to have been selected to continue to help rebuild Iraq," said Bechtel National President Tom Hash in a press release. "This award, made after an open, competitive process, demonstrates our customer's confidence in our team's capacity and commitment to quickly begin Iraq Infrastructure II work, while at the same time continuing work under our initial Iraq reconstruction contract."

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