Bechtel wins contract for Saudi Arabia’s NEOM

The US contractor will be responsible for executive project management work of the primary, base infrastructure for NEOM

Neom is a $500bn gigaproject in Saudi Arabia
Neom is a $500bn gigaproject in Saudi Arabia

US contractor Bechtel has been awarded a contract by Saudi Arabia gigaproject NEOM to provide design, construction and project management services across the development.

The contractor will also oversee and create utilities and a transport system to connect NEOM’s cognitive cities.

As part of NEOM’s cognitive cities, the developer’s infrastructure will utilise AI, robotics, and human-machine fusion to deliver “greater predictive intelligence” and enable “faster decision making” across all its sectors.

Commenting on the contract award, NEOM CEO Nadhmi Al Nasr said: “Built from the ground up as a model of future living, NEOM will be one of the largest, most sophisticated and advanced infrastructure projects ever undertaken globally, and we are delighted to have a major industry leader like Bechtel on board to work with us to realize our ambitions.”

Bechtel has extensive experience of working in Saudi Arabia after overseeing major projects including the Riyadh Metro and Jubail Industrial City.

Bechtel chairman & chief executive officer, Brendan Bechtel said NEOM is one of the “most complex projects in living memory” and they are proud to be part of it.

“The vision for a futuristic, innovative and sustainable ecosystem is unique and bold, and we believe NEOM will change the way new cities are developed by future generations,” said Bechtel. “

“We have helped our customers shape the kingdom’s history with many key projects and we are honored to be a partner in building its future.”

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