Bechtel to set up project management organisation for Saudi government
The Saudi government has awarded Bechtel a contract to support setting up and operating the National Project Management Organization (NPMO).
NPMO - known as Mashroat - will support government agencies in the delivery of complex infrastructure projects, in line with Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” plan to modernize administration. It is aimed at improving the government’s capital expenditure programme, to enable government entities’ project management offices to develop and improve related policies and create a system to deliver efficient and effective projects with the greatest impact.
“Bechtel is privileged to have worked in Saudi Arabia for 70 years developing megaprojects from oil and gas facilities to airports and critical infrastructure,” said Dr Amjad Bangash, general manager, infrastructure - Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Bechtel. “We thank the National Project Management Organization for the opportunity to continue our legacy in the Kingdom. We are committed to making a success of the NPMO, a catalyst for continued economic growth in Saudi Arabia.”
Bechtel program director Georges Chahine added: “Bechtel will mobilise experts from across the company to develop world-class systems and processes for the NPMO, and to share these new tools across all Saudi government ministries and entities. We will train Saudi nationals and implement a knowledge management system.”
The new contract builds on Bechtel’s experience assisting the Royal Commission of Jubail & Yanbu in the development and expansion of Jubail and Ras Al Khair industrial cities. Bechtel has worked on significant infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia, including King Fahd and King Khalid airports, and Ras Al Khair aluminum smelter. It is currently working on Lines 1 and 2 of the Riyadh Metro project. The company has also recently launched a graduate training program to train and hire up to 75 students from the Riyadh College of Technology.
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This article was published on 22 Feb 2017 (last updated on 22 Feb 2017).