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Saudi Arabia: Bechtel awarded NPMO contract

Bechtel has been awarded a contract to support the establishment and operation of the National Project Management Office in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s NPMO will support government agencies in the delivery of complex infrastructure projects.
Saudi Arabia’s NPMO will support government agencies in the delivery of complex infrastructure projects.

Bechtel has been awarded a contract relating to Saudi Arabia’s National Project Management Office (NPMO).

Under the terms of the deal, the US-headquartered construction and project management firm will facilitate the office’s establishment and operations.

The NPMO, also known as Mashroat, will support government agencies to deliver complex infrastructure projects in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

Commenting on the contract win, Dr Amjad Bangash, Bechtel’s general manager for infrastructure in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said: “Bechtel is privileged to have worked in Saudi Arabia for 70 years, developing megaprojects from oil and gas facilities to airports and critical infrastructure.

“We thank the [NPMO] for the opportunity to continue our legacy in the kingdom.”

Georges Chahine, programme director at Bechtel, 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.”

Previously, Bechtel has assisted the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu in the development and expansion of industrial cities in Jubail and Ras Al Khair. The company has also worked on a selection of infrastructure projects in the kingdom, including King Fahd International Airport and King Khalid International Airport.

At present, Bechtel is working on Lines 1 and 2 of Riyadh Metro, the largest under-construction mass transit system in the world.

The aim of the NPMO is to strengthen the Saudi government’s capital expenditure programme.

The body will work to enable government entities’ project management offices to develop and improve related policies, and to maximise the impact of delivered projects.

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