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Encyclopedia > Bechtel Corporation
Bechtel Corporation
Type Non-Public (Private)
Founded 1898
Location San Francisco
Key people Riley P. Bechtel, CEO
Industry Heavy construction
Products Construction contracting
Revenue $17.4B USD ( 6.1% FY '03 to '04)
Employees 47,000
Website http://www.bechtel.com

Bechtel Corporation (Bechtel Group) is the largest civil engineering company in the world. With headquarters in San Francisco, Bechtel ranks as the 6th-largest privately-owned company in the United States. As of 2002, Bechtel had 47,000 employees working on 900 projects with $11.6 billion in revenue. This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Nickname: The City by the Bay Official website: http://www. ... Riley P. Bechtel is the chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Corporation. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Cranes are essential in large construction projects, such as this skyscraper In project architecture and civil engineering, construction is the building or assembly of any infrastructure. ... Revenue is a US business term for the amount of money that a company can receive from its activities, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... This article is about general United States currency. ... Image File history File links Green_Arrow_Up. ... A fiscal year or financial year is a 12-month period used for calculating annual (yearly) financial reports in businesses and other organizations. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... The front page of the English Wikipedia Website. ... The Falkirk Wheel in Scotland. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay Official website: http://www. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service. ...


Bechtel participated in the building of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s. It has also had involvement in several other high profile construction engineering projects, including the Channel Tunnel, numerous power projects, including pipelines, refineries, and nuclear power plants, the BART, Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong International Airport, the Big Dig, and (from 2003) the rebuilding of the civil infrastructure of Iraq funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Hoover Dam Hoover Dam (, ) is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Arizona and Nevada. ... The British terminal at Cheriton, from the Pilgrims Way. ... BART (in full, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District) is a rapid transit electric train service that serves parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, and Walnut Creek. ... vv ... The interior of the Hong Kong International Airport A replica of the Spirit of Sha Tin displayed at the Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok. ... The Big Dig is the unofficial name of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T), a massive undertaking to route the Central Artery (Interstate 93), the chief controlled-access highway through the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, into a 3. ...


The Bechtel family has owned Bechtel since setting up the company in the 1920s. Bechtel's size, its political clout, and its penchant for privacy have made it a perennial target for journalists and politicians since the 1930s. Bechtel has maintained strong relationships with officials in many United States administrations, including those of Nixon, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. The company also has strong ties to other governments, particularly the Saudi Royal Family. The 1920s were a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nixon is the surname of some prominent Americans: Richard Nixon - 37th President of the United States Patricia Nixon - First Lady to President Richard Nixon Tricia Nixon Cox - older daughter to Richard and Pat Nixon Julie Nixon Eisenhower - younger daughter to Richard and Pat Nixon Cynthia Nixon - actress Joan Lowery Nixon... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... George Herbert Walker Bush, GCB, (born June 12, 1924 in Milton, MA) was the 41st President of the United States (1989–1993). ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States. ... The House of Saud refers to the royal family of Saudi Arabia. ...


Recently, the company has come under criticism for alleged mismanagement of the Big Dig project, its financial links to the bin Laden family, and the manner in which it received Iraqi rebuilding contracts after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Politicians in the United States and in Europe have made accusations of cronyism between the George W. Bush administration and Bechtel. The name bin Laden may refer to: the bin Laden family Osama bin Laden This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Combatants Coalition Forces (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Poland) Iraq Commanders Tommy Franks Saddam Hussein Strength 263,000 375,000 The 2003 Invasion of Iraq began on March 20 and consisted mainly of United States and United Kingdom forces. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Europe is conventionally considered one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one. ... World map of the Corruption Perceptions Index In broad terms, political corruption is the misuse of public (governmental) power for illegitimate, usually secret, private advantage. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States. ...


For many years Bechtel has strongly advocated the privatization of utilities, highways, airports and other facilities traditionally managed by governments. The company owns and operates its own power plants, oil refineries, water systems, and airports in several countries including the United States, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. Bechtel's long involvement with oil, power, and water overseas has become a focus of criticism by the growing anti-globalization and environmental movements. Privatization (sometimes privatisation, denationalization, or, especially in India, disinvestment) is the process of transferring property, from public ownership to private ownership and/or transferring the management of a service or activity from the government to the private sector. ... Anti-WEF grafiti in Lausanne. ... Environmentalism is the support of or involvement with the environmental movement by environmentalists. ...

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Company history and timeline

Early 1900s

Bechtel has always functioned as a family-owned company. Its founder, Warren A. Bechtel, started as an employee of the burgeoning United States railroad industry in 1898 after his Oklahoma cattle ranch failed. Over the next 20 years, he built up a sizeable contracting business that specialized in railroad and highway building. Warren A. Bechtel (September 12, 1872 - August 28, 1933) was the founder of the Bechtel Corporation, the worlds largest engineering and construction services firm. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 20th 181,196 km² 355 km 645 km 1. ...


In 1919, Warren Bechtel and his partners (including his brother Arthur) built the Klamath Highway in California. In 1921, Warren Bechtel partners won a contract to build the water tunnels for the Caribou Hydroelectric Facility in California. In 1925, Warren A. Bechtel's sons Warren Jr., Stephen, and Ken joined him and incorporated as W.A. Bechtel Company. In 1926, the new company won its first major contract, the Bowman Lake Dam in California. 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Stephen Davison Bechtel (September 24, 1900 - March 14, 1989) was the son of Warren A. Bechtel, the founder of the Bechtel Corporation and the president of the company from 1933 through 1960. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


1930s

In 1928, the U.S. Congress passed the Boulder Canyon Project Act, which mandated the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Colorado River. The plan used the name "Boulder Dam", but after some controversy the structure gained the name of "the Hoover Dam" (in honor of President Herbert Hoover). The construction involved the largest civil engineering project ever undertaken at the time. 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Congress in Joint Session. ... Colorado River in the Grand Canyon from Desert View The Colorado River is a river in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, approximately 1,450 mi (2,333 km) long, draining a part of the arid regions on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. ... Hoover Dam Hoover Dam (, ) is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Arizona and Nevada. ... Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964), the 31st President of the United States (1929-1933), was a successful mining engineer, humanitarian, and administrator. ...


Over the next two years several companies competed for dam-building contracts. To compete for the contract, the W.A. Bechtel Company joined with five competitors to form the Six Companies Corporation. This partnership formed for the sole purpose of the Hoover Dam project, and their combined strength virtually guaranteed that they would submit the most competitive bid. On March 11, 1931, the United States Department of the Interior selected the Six Companies to build the dam. Construction of the Hoover Dam began in late 1931 and finished in 1936, two years ahead of schedule. Six Companies, Inc. ... 11 March is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (71st in Leap year). ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is a Cabinet department of the United States government that manages and conserves most federally-owned land. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Warren A. Bechtel died suddenly while traveling abroad in 1933, in the midst of the Hoover Dam project. His son Stephen took over as president of the company and served in that position until succeeded by his son Stephen Jr. in 1947. 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Stephen Davison Bechtel (September 24, 1900 - March 14, 1989) was the son of Warren A. Bechtel, the founder of the Bechtel Corporation and the president of the company from 1933 through 1960. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


After the building of the Hoover Dam, Bechtel's reputation soared. However, Stephen Bechtel wanted the company to become more than just a construction firm. He pushed the W.A. Bechtel Company to undertake more complex engineering projects and oil contracts.


In 1936, Bechtel built the 8 mile (13 km) long San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. In 1937, Bechtel joined forces with John McCone's engineering company to form an engineering/construction firm called the Bechtel-McCone Company. 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (, ; known locally as the Bay Bridge) is a toll bridge which spans the San Francisco Bay and links the Californian cities of Oakland and San Francisco in the United States. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... John Alex McCone (January 4, 1902 - February 14, 1991) was an American businessman and politician who served as Director of Central Intelligence during the height of the Cold War. ...


World War II

On July 19, 1940, President Roosevelt signed the Two-Ocean Naval Expansion Act, which authorized the construction of two huge fleets in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. The U.S. Maritime Commission selected Bechtel to build a new shipyard for the Pacific fleet. Bechtel constructed the Bechtel Shipyards in Sausalito, California and produced hundreds of cargo ships and oil tankers for the Navy. John McCone's California Shipbuilding Company also gained many large and profitable shipbuilding contracts, starting in early 1941 and continuing through the end of World War II. July 19 is the 200th day (201st in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 165 days remaining. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882–April 12, 1945), 32nd President of the United States, the longest-serving holder of the office and the only man to be elected President more than twice, was one of the central figures of 20th century history. ... Sausalito is a city located in Marin County, California. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and others Casualties Military dead:17 million Civilian dead:33 million Total dead:50 million Military dead:8 million Civilian dead:4 million Total dead:12 million...


While the United States built its arsenal of democracy, American war planners increasingly worried about what would happen if the Axis gained control of the world's oil reserves. The Italian invasion of Egypt and Libya in September 1940 caused deep concern, as did the April 1941 coup in Iraq which brought the pro-German Golden Square faction to power. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ...


Matters came to a head after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. War planners became concerned that the Japanese might invade Alaska and threaten the northern oil fields, which had started to become an important part of the U.S. oil supply. In April 1942, the United States Army authorized the creation of the ALCAN (Alaskan-Canadian Highway) to facilitate the movement of troops and supplies to Alaska. Soon afterwards the authorities authorized the CANOL oil pipeline. Combatants United States of America Imperial Japan Commanders Husband Kimmel (USN) Walter Short (USA) Chuichi Nagumo (IJN) Strength 8 battleships, 8 cruisers, 29 destroyers, 9 submarines, ~50 other ships, ~390 planes 6 aircraft carriers, 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, 9 destroyers, 8 tankers, 23 fleet submarines, 5 midget submarines, 441 planes... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 1st 1,717,854 km² 1,300 km 2,380 km 13. ... This article is about the year. ... US Army Seal The United States Army is the branch of the United States armed forces that has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...


The CANOL pipeline contract went to Bechtel-Price-Callahan, a partnership formed for the purpose between the W.A. Bechtel Co., the H.C. Price Co., and the W.E. Callahan Construction Co. In June 1942, the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska, and the construction began in earnest. However, due to poor planning by the Army and mismanagement by the contractors, the CANOL project failed totally. The pipeline consumed more oil than it produced and cost taxpayers an enormous amount of money. Furthermore, as time went on, it became clear that the Japanese did not have the resources to invade Alaska. The CANOL pipeline was abandoned after a mere 11 months in operation. Looking down the Aleutians from an airplane. ...


During the pre-war period in late 1940 and early 1941, several scandals and allegations had surfaced involving wartime profiteering and widespread corruption at a number of defense contractors. In 1941, the Senate created the Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program at the urging of Senator Harry Truman. This committee, chaired by Truman, spent two years investigating waste and corruption in the defense industry. 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... For the victim of Mt. ...


In 1943, the "Truman Committee" released a scathing judgement on the $143 million CANOL project, calling it more destructive to the war effort than any act of sabotage by an enemy. The judgement singled out Bechtel-Price-Callahan for criticism for its role in the cost overruns and mismanagement that plagued the project. The Committee would later criticize the shipbuilding industry for its wartime activities, including fraud, bribery, and other forms of corruption. 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ...


Post-war era: late 40s through 50s

After the war, the W.A. Bechtel Company bought out John McCone's share in Bechtel-McCone and incorporated as Bechtel Corporation. John McCone went on to head the Atomic Energy Commission and later the CIA (see below). Almost a year after World War II ended, Congress established the United States Atomic Energy Commission to foster and control the peace time development of atomic science and technology. ... The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an American intelligence agency, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ...


In 1947, Bechtel expanded its oil pipeline activities with its construction of the Trans-Arabian pipeline in Saudi Arabia. At over 1,000 miles (1,600 km), this comprised the longest pipeline in the world at the time. In addition to the pipeline itself, Bechtel built large parts of the modern infrastructures of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, including airports, sea ports, and oil refineries. 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


In 1946, the United States Congress authorized government research into nuclear power with the Atomic Energy Act of 1946. This act created the Atomic Energy Commission, later headed by Bechtel's former partner John McCone. Following President Eisenhower's famous Atoms for Peace speech in 1953, commercial research into nuclear power was authorized. 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Congress in Joint Session. ... A nuclear power station. ... Almost a year after World War II ended, Congress established the United States Atomic Energy Commission to foster and control the peace time development of atomic science and technology. ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890–March 28, 1969), American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ...


In 1956, Bechtel won the right to build the world's first nuclear power reactor, the Dresden-1 in Illinois. Construction began in 1957 and the plant came fully online in 1960. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dresden, Illinois is the USA’s first Nuclear Power Plant ever built. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 25th 149,998 km² 340 km 629 km 4. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


In 1959, a Bechtel partnership called Parsons Brinckerhoff-Tudor-Bechtel gained the contract for San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system. The system, completed in 1972, served as a model for other urban transit systems around the world. 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... BART (in full, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District) is a rapid transit electric train service that serves parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, and Walnut Creek. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ...


60s and 70s

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Bechtel expanded its energy engineering activities. In 1963, Bechtel began construction of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ...


At this time the Corporation also diversified into other areas. In the late 1960s, Bechtel launched its development, finance, and investment arm, named Bechtel Enterprises Holdings, Inc. This firm leveraged Bechtel's experience, its capital, and its government ties to help other companies compete for engineering contracts throughout the world. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ...


In 1972, Bechtel won a $13 billion contract for the James Bay hydroelectric project in northwest Quebec. The project was completed in 1985 and drew criticism from the growing environment movements in the U.S. and Canada. 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... James Bay in summer 2000 James Bay (French, Baie James) is a large body of water on the southern end of Hudson Bay in Canada. ... Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Official languages French Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Lieutenant-Governor Lise Thibault Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 75 24 Area Total  â€¢ Land  â€¢ Water    (% of total)  Ranked 1st 1,542,056 km² 1,183,128 km² 176,928... This article is about the year. ...


In 1976, Bechtel was awarded a contract to build Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia. By 1992, the 360 square mile (930 km²) city of Jubail was one of the most modern cities in Saudi Arabia, with a population of over 70,000. After the successful completion of the project in the late 1980s, Bechtel's contract was extended by the government of Saudi Arabia through 2007. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... vv ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


1980s

Bechtel's recent history has been fraught with controversy. In 1988, just after Saddam Hussein had earned international condemnation for using poisonous gas against thousands of Kurds, Bechtel signed contracts with Iraq to build a dual-use chemical plant in Baghdad. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, (Arabic ), born April 28, 1937 , was the President of Iraq from 1979 until he was captured by the military of the United States on December 13th, 2003, following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. ... Kurds are one of the Iranian peoples and speak Kurdish, a north-Western Iranian language related to Persian. ... Dual-use is a term often used in politics and diplomacy to refer to technology which can be used for both peaceful and military aims, usually in regard to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. ... Location of Baghdad within Iraq Baghdad (Arabic: ) (Bexda in Kurdish) is the capital of Iraq and of Baghdad Governorate. ...


In 1989, Bechtel repaired the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after a 30 ft. (9 m) section collapsed as a result of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... As of September 2005, work is continuing on the eastern span replacement of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. ... The Loma Prieta earthquake occurred on October 17, 1989 in the greater San Francisco Bay Area in California at 5:04 pm local time and measured 7. ...


2000 and beyond

In 2000, activists claim Bechtel signed a contract with Hugo Banzer, the former dictator of Bolivia, to privatize the water supply in Bolivia's 3rd-largest city, Cochabamba. The contract was officially awarded to a company named Aguas del Tunari, a Bechtel subsidiary. Shortly thereafter, water rates in that city went up an average of 50%, an action which resulted in protests and rioting among those who could no longer afford clean water. (Bechtel argues that its contract was only to administer the water system, which suffered from terrible internal corruption and poor service, and that the local government raised water prices.) Many people had to withdraw their children from school and stop using doctors because of abnormally high costs for water. Martial law was declared, and Bolivian police killed at least 6 people and injured over 170 protesters. Amidst Bolivia's nationwide economic collapse and growing national unrest over the state of the economy, the Bolivian government was forced to withdraw the water contract. In 2001, Bechtel filed suit against the Bolivian government for $25 million in lost profits. The continuing legal battle has attracted attention from anti-globalization and anti-capitalist groups. This topic is explored in the 2003 documentary film The Corporation. In January 2006, Bechtel settled its lawsuit against the Bolivian government for a reported $0.30 (thirty cents) after intense protests and lobbying. This article is about the year 2000. ... Hugo Banzer Suárez (May 10, 1926 – May 5, 2002) was a Bolivian soldier, politician and dictator. ... A side street in Cochabamba, looking towards the Plaza 14 de Septiembre Cochabamba is a city in central Bolivia, located in a valley bearing the same name in the Andes mountain range. ... The Cochabamba protests of 2000 were a series of protests that took place in Cochabamba, Bolivia, between January and April 2000, because of the privatization of the municipal water supply, which was sold to a private company, International Waters Limited (IWL) of London (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bechtel Corporation... Martial law is the system of rules that takes effect (usually after a formal declaration) when a military authority takes control of the normal administration of justice. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film critical of the modern-day corporation, considering it as a class of person (as in US law it is understood to be) and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychologist might evaluate an ordinary person. ...


In early 2003, the Boston Globe launched an investigation into Bechtel's role in massive cost overruns and accounting irregularities in Boston's Big Dig project totaling over $1 billion. The Globe, along with the Associated Press, filed papers requesting that Massachusetts Turnpike Authority make public the results of all Bechtel's performance audits related to the Big Dig. Bechtel sought a preliminary injunction to block the release of the documents, but the superior court judge in the case denied Bechtel's request on April 11, 2003, opening the way for public release of the documents. 2003: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for January, 2003. ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... Boston is a town and small port c. ... The Big Dig is the unofficial name of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T), a massive undertaking to route the Central Artery (Interstate 93), the chief controlled-access highway through the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, into a 3. ... Associated Press logo The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Bechtel has long had close ties to the American government, and with the Republican Party specifically. From 1974 to 1982 George Schultz, former Secretary of Treasury and future Secretary of State, was president and director. As Secretary of State, Schultz sent Donald Rumsfeld to Iraq to discuss with Saddam Hussein a Bechtel contract for an oil pipeline to Jordan. Schultz also served as the chair of the advisory board of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, an influential think-tank that advocated the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger was general counsel for Bechtel. Former deputy Secretary of Energy W. Kenneth Davis was Bechtel's vice-president. Riley Bechtel, the company's chair, is on President George W. Bush's Export Council. Jack Sheehan, a senior vice-president of Bechtel, is a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Shultz in his official D.O.L. portrait. ... Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932) is currently serving as the 21st United States Secretary of Defense, since January 20, 2001, under President George W. Bush. ... Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, (Arabic ), born April 28, 1937 , was the President of Iraq from 1979 until he was captured by the military of the United States on December 13th, 2003, following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. ... The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) was a non-governmental organization which described itself as a distinguished group of Americans who wanted to free Iraq from Saddam Hussein. ... A think tank is a research institute or other organization providing advice and ideas on problems of policy, commerce, and military interest, and are often associated with military laboratories, corporations, academia, or other institutions. ... Combatants Coalition Forces (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Poland) Iraq Commanders Tommy Franks Saddam Hussein Strength 263,000 375,000 The 2003 Invasion of Iraq began on March 20 and consisted mainly of United States and United Kingdom forces. ... The United States Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense, concerned with the armed services and The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... Caspar Weinberger in his official Department of Defence publicity photo circa 1983. ... The United States Secretary of Energy is the head of the United States Department of Energy, concerned as the name suggests, with The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... Riley P. Bechtel is the chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Corporation. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States. ... The Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee (DPBAC or DPB) is a federal advisory committee to the United States Department of Defense. ...


In 1988 Bechtel was awarded a contract to build a chemical plant in Iraq, but construction was halted with the Iraq invasion of Kuwait. On April 17, 2003, following the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, USAID awarded a $680 million reconstruction contract to Bechtel. This placed Bechtel in the spotlight along with other American firms like Halliburton who have come under intense international scrutiny for receiving no-bid contracts for the rebuilding of Iraq. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2003 invasion of Iraq and Gulf War (disambiguation) C Company, 1st Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, 1st UK Armoured Division The Persian Gulf War was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of 34 nations led by the United States. ... April 17 is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (108th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Coalition Forces (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Poland) Iraq Commanders Tommy Franks Saddam Hussein Strength 263,000 375,000 The 2003 Invasion of Iraq began on March 20 and consisted mainly of United States and United Kingdom forces. ... The United States Agency for International Development (or USAID) is the US government organization responsible for most non-military foreign aid. ... This article needs to be updated. ...


Like most large American companies, Bechtel has contributed large amounts of money to United States politicians (over a million dollars in campaign contributions between 1999 and 2002). The company has particularly close ties with the current U.S. administration, and critics in both the U.S. and allies like Britain have questioned the process by which the U.S. awards Iraq contracts to American companies. Bechtel has been awarded reconstruction contracts in Iraq worth over a billion dollars. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... This article deals with the post-invasion period in Iraq and its occupation. ...


On May 5, 2003, The New Yorker ran an article revealing that the bin Laden family has invested $10 million in The Fremont Group, a private equity fund owned by the Bechtel family (the fund was formerly called Bechtel Investments). May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Yorkers first cover, which is reprinted most years on the magazines anniversary. ... The immensely rich bin Laden family, intimately connected with the innermost circles of the Saudi royal family was thrown into prominence through the activities of Osama bin Laden. ... Fremont Group is a private equity group based in San Francisco, California, USA. It was formerly known as Bechtel Investments, reflecting its ownership by the Bechtel family. ...


In a report submitted by Saddam Hussein to the United Nations shortly before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, it was revealed that Bechtel had participated in Iraq's nuclear weapons program. (Though the U.S. attempted to redact the names of all U.S. companies involved, an uncensored copy was leaked to the press.) Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, (Arabic ), born April 28, 1937 , was the President of Iraq from 1979 until he was captured by the military of the United States on December 13th, 2003, following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. ... United Nations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Combatants Coalition Forces (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Poland) Iraq Commanders Tommy Franks Saddam Hussein Strength 263,000 375,000 The 2003 Invasion of Iraq began on March 20 and consisted mainly of United States and United Kingdom forces. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ...


As of late 2004, leaks have sprouted in the Ted Williams Tunnel, which was built by Bechtel as part of the Big Dig. Minor ones resulted from gaps in the roof of the tunnel; major ones from structural weaknesses in the tunnel walls, which lie below the water table. Many of the leaks resulted from Bechtel Corporation failing to remove gravel or other debris before pouring concrete. It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... The Ted Williams Tunnel (planned as the Third Harbor Tunnel, the Sumner and Callahan Tunnels being the first two) is the tunnel connecting South Boston with Bostons Logan International Airport. ... The Big Dig is the unofficial name of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T), a massive undertaking to route the Central Artery (Interstate 93), the chief controlled-access highway through the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, into a 3. ...


In 2004, a contract was awarded to Bechtel in Romania for building a highway ("Autostrada Transilvania"), however various irregularities were found in the awarding of this contract [1]. In 2005, the new Romanian government decided to cancel the contract, but following pressure from the US government [2], the project was restarted. The Romanian government however stated that the decision was independent of the American lobby. It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... The project of the A3 motorway is rather new comparing to the other infrastructure projects in Romania. ...


In 2005, Bechtel subsidiaries were awarded contracts to build temporary housing for the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The disaster recovery response to Hurricane Katrina included federal government agencies like Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and local-level agencies, federal and National Guard soldiers, non-governmental charities, and private individuals. ...


Former and Current Executives

Riley P. Bechtel is the chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Corporation. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States. ... Shultz in his official D.O.L. portrait. ... Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice The United States Secretary of State is the head of the United States Department of State, concerned with foreign affairs. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) was a non-governmental organization which described itself as a distinguished group of Americans who wanted to free Iraq from Saddam Hussein. ... Caspar Weinberger in his official Department of Defence publicity photo circa 1983. ... Seal of the United States Department of Defense The United States Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense, concerned with the armed services and The Secretary is appointed by the President with the approval of the Senate, and is a member of the Cabinet. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated as DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department, is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... The Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee (DPBAC or DPB) is a federal advisory committee to the United States Department of Defense. ... Ross J. Connelly (b. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States. ... The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government responsible for energy policy and nuclear safety. ...

Board of directors

Current members of the board of directors of Bechtel Corporation are: Riley Bechtel, Steve Bechtel, Jr., Rick Burt, Alan Dachs, Peter Dawson, Bill Dudley, Tom Hash, Bill Haynes, John Jennings, Jude Laspa, Nick Moore, Scott Ogilvie, George Shultz, Tim Statton, Foster Wollen, and Adrian Zaccaria. It has been suggested that Board of Trustees be merged into this article or section. ... Riley P. Bechtel is the chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Corporation. ... John Jennings is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bechtel Corporation. ... Shultz in his official D.O.L. portrait. ...


See also

The Big Dig is the unofficial name of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T), a massive undertaking to route the Central Artery (Interstate 93), the chief controlled-access highway through the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, into a 3. ... The Cochabamba protests of 2000 were a series of protests that took place in Cochabamba, Bolivia, between January and April 2000, because of the privatization of the municipal water supply, which was sold to a private company, International Waters Limited (IWL) of London (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bechtel Corporation... This is a list of companies from the United States: #Current companies #Former companies, including acquired and merged ones #See also: Current companies Contents: Top - 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W...

Joint ventures and subsidiaries

  • Aguas del Tunari
  • Airport Group International Holdings, LLC
  • Alterra Partners
  • Alliance Bechtel-Linde
  • Alterra Partners (U.K.)
  • Arabian Bechtel Corporation
  • Bantrel, Inc. (Calgary)
  • BCN Data Systems (U.K.)
  • Bechtel Babcock and Wilcox Idaho, LLC
  • Bechtel Bettis, Inc.
  • Bechtel Canada, Inc.
  • Bechtel Capital Partners LLC
  • Bechtel China, Inc.
  • Bechtel CITIC Engineering, Inc. (China)
  • Bechtel COSAPI (Peru)
  • Bechtel Constructors Corporation
  • Bechtel-ENKA Joint Venture (Turkey)
  • Bechtel Enterprises Holdings, Inc. (BEn)
  • Bechtel Financing Services, LLC
  • Power Generation Engineering and Services Co. (PGESCo) (Egypt)
  • Bechtel Great Britain Ltd. (U.K.)
  • Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation (BINFRA)
  • Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC
  • Bechtel Hanford Inc.
  • Bechtel Metodo Telecomunicacoes Ltda. (BMT) (Brazil)
  • Bechtel National Inc.
  • Bechtel Nevada Corporation
  • Bechtel Northern Corporation
  • Bechtel Overseas Corporation
  • Bechtel/Parsons Brinkerhoff joint venture
  • Bechtel Petroleum, Inc. (U.S.A.)
  • Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
  • Bechtel Power Corp. (U.S.A.)
  • Bechtel SAIC LLC
  • Bechtel Savannah River, Inc.
  • Bechtel-Sigdo Koppers joint venture (Chile)
  • Bechtel-Technip Joint Venture
  • Becon Construction Company, Inc.
  • BPR-Bechtel
  • Bechtel Telecommunications
  • Cliffwood-Blue Moon Joint Venture, Inc.
  • Colstrip Energy LP
  • Dabhol Power Company (DBC), joint venture with General Electric and Enron (India)
  • Dual Drilling Company
  • Eastern Bechtel Co. Ltd.
  • EnergyWorks LLC
  • The Fremont Group
  • Incepta Group PLC
  • InterGen (joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell)
  • International Water
  • IPSI LLC
  • Lectrix
  • Lima Airport Partners
  • NetCon Thailand (joint venture with Lucent)
  • Nexant
  • NorthGas, Ltd. (joint venture with Gazprom in Russia)
  • PSG International (partnership with General Electric)
  • Saudi Arabian Bechtel Company (Saudi Arabia)
  • Sequoia Ventures, Inc.
  • Spruce Limited Partnership
  • United Infrastructure Company (Chicago) (before Bechtel bought out its partner's share in 1998)
  • Technology Ventures Group
  • USGen Power Services, LP

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TODO (other Bechtel projects)

  • North America: Bajo power project, Mexico; AT&T wireless network, U.S. wide; Equinix business exchange, U.S. wide; Delta Energy Center, California
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa: OGD2 Gas, United Arab Emirates; Athens Metro, Greece; Coca-Cola plant, Ireland; Croatian Motorway; Shoaiba power plant, Saudi Arabia; Rail improvement projects, UK
  • Asia: CSPC petrochem plant, China; Meizhou Wan power station, China

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Bechtel Corporation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3007 words)
Bechtel's size, its political clout, and its penchant for privacy have made it a perennial target for journalists and politicians since the 1930s.
Bechtel's long involvement with oil, power, and water overseas has become a focus of criticism by the growing anti-globalization and environmental movements.
Bechtel sought a preliminary injunction to block the release of the documents, but the superior court judge in the case denied Bechtel's request on April 11, 2003, opening the way for public release of the documents.
Riley P. Bechtel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (233 words)
Riley P. Bechtel is the chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Corporation.
With a net worth of over $3 billion, Riley Bechtel is ranked as the 50th richest person in the U.S. and the 127th richest person in the world by Forbes Magazine.
He joined Bechtel full-time in 1981, was elected President and COO of Bechtel in March of 1989, and became CEO in June 1990.
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