Bechtel and joint-venture partner Enka completed construction of a $535 million motorway in Albania. The 37-mile (61-kilometer), four-lane highway stretches from the town of Rrëshen, in the heart of the country, to the northeastern village of Kalimash.
It is the central leg of a 106-mile (171-kilometer) highway traversing the country from the Adriatic Sea to the northeastern border with Kosovo. The highway cut travel time from six hours to two, boosting coastal trade and northeast tourism.
Originally conceived by former owner Alcan, the Alma project aimed to build a major smelter that would further develop Québec as a global aluminum center. Alma included building a carbon plant, a reduction plant, a casting center, and supporting infrastructure to produce a smelter with capacity of more than 400,000 metric tons per year.
To achieve this goal, Alcan (which was later acquired by Rio Tinto) awarded the project to Bechtel in 1998. Our scope included project management; engineering, procurement, and construction management; pre-operations testing; and startup assistance.
The construction of a metro system in Athens had been announced 22 times over the course of decades before this project began. Many doubted it would or could be done — but it was.
Ahead of the 2004 Summer Olympics, a Bechtel-led team delivered for Athens two new subway lines. Ever since, the Athens Metro has provided passengers with dramatically shorter commute times, speeding travelers at up to 60 miles (90 kilometers) an hour underground.
The Boston Central Artery/Tunnel project represented public works on a scale comparable to some of the great projects of the previous century ― the Panama Canal and the Channel Tunnel. It received dozens of awards for engineering excellence and aesthetics.
The immense project ― the result of more than 30 years of planning and 12 years of construction ― replaced the elevated section of Interstate 93 Central Artery through downtown Boston with a much wider underground highway, and extended the Interstate 90 turnpike to Logan International Airport via a third harbor tunnel. Bechtel and its joint-venture partner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, provided overall programme management for the project.
Crossrail's Elizabeth Line is Europe's largest construction project – a 100km-plus rail line that will pass through 40 stations, from Heathrow and Reading in the west, to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east, via 42km of new tunnels under central London. The railway opened its central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood on May 24, 2022.
Bechtel has been supporting Crossrail's management of the project to deliver the 42km of central tunnels, and eight new subsurface stations.