Bechtel will establish a global center of engineering
excellence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) initially focused
on rail and marine engineering projects, the company announced on
The center uniquely positions Bechtel to provide customers with
high-quality, innovative engineering solutions more efficiently
and cost effectively, according to company officials.
Rail and port infrastructure go hand-in-hand and are
the lifeline for transporting goods around the world from major
petrochemical, power, and mining facilities, said Amjad
Bangash, managing director of Bechtels global rail
The global demand for rail and port infrastructure will
increase substantially during the course of the next 10-15
years," he added. "This center provides customers around
the world with a comprehensive solution for a successful project right from the
Bechtel said the center will draw upon its global experience
and expertise in the design and construction of railways and ports,
and will offer services from master planning studies through to
Much of the growth for new railways and ports is in the
Gulf region," said David Welch, Bechtels regional
president for Europe, Africa, and the Middle
East. "We have worked in this region for more than 70
years, and our decision to base the center in the UAE
represents part of our ongoing commitment to the region."
The new center will open in the third quarter of 2013.