Engineering and construction firm Bechtel has extended its commitment to Saudi Arabian industrial cities Jubail and Ras Al Khair to continue working in the area of management services, as it has done since the mid-1970s.
Confirmation of the agreement means that the Royal Commission for both cities can rely on the U.S. firm, which has previously undertaken major construction projects in Saudi Arabia. These projects include two airports and an aluminum smelter, in addition to the currently underway Riyadh Metro.
"Bechtel is a key part of our team, and they have played a major role in helping us to plan and implement the growth of Jubail and Ras Al Khair," Mosleh Al-Otaibi, CEO of the Royal Commission for Jubail, said. "With their help and partnership, we will continue to develop these cities which support Saudi Arabia's economy."
Bechtel’s imminent focus will be on residential development, schools, medical facilities and supportive infrastructure for the industrial complexes.
Jubail is unique in origin, having been planned “from the sand up” as a development now known as the world’s largest single industrial project. Ras Al Khair, located 60 kilometers north of Jubail, is also known as the “Minerals Industrial City” and has produced significant aluminum for the kingdom since 2010.
"Jubail is one of the world's iconic engineering projects," Toby Seay, president of Bechtel's global infrastructure business, said. "We're delighted to build on our successful, longstanding relationship with the Royal Commission, which is based on a strong, collaborative partnership."
Bechtel is headquartered in San Francisco, California.