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Tuesday, August 11 2020 - 00:16
NEOM selects U.S. construction leader Bechtel to accelerate primary infrastructure development for its Cognitive Cities
NEOM, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Global industry leader will provide design, construction and project management 

Bechtel to oversee and create resource-efficient utilities and a highly 
advanced transport system to connect NEOM's cognitive cities.  

NEOM Co. has awarded a contract to U.S.-based Bechtel for executive project 
management work on the development of the primary, base infrastructure for NEOM 
as the Giga-project advances work to create the world's leading destination to 
attract talent and investment.

NEOM, a beacon for the future of urban living, selected Bechtel to oversee and 
create resource-efficient utilities and a highly advanced transport system to 
connect NEOM's cognitive cities. Integrating sustainable land use, intelligent 
urban design and multi-modal mobility, NEOM will deliver a community of 
exceptional liveability. Work will include simultaneous construction in 
multiple locations requiring extraordinary engineering solutions in challenging 

NEOM's next generation cognitive cities will support its cutting-edge urban 
environments, improving the lives of residents and businesses far beyond the 
capabilities of today's smart cities. NEOM's infrastructure will utilize AI, 
robotics, and human-machine fusion to deliver greater predictive intelligence 
and enable faster decision making across all NEOM sectors.

Commenting on the 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 Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Brendan Bechtel said: "NEOM is one 
of the most complex projects in living memory and we 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. 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 

Bechtel has deep experience of working in the Kingdom having been involved in 
many other high-profile Saudi projects, including Jubail Industrial City and 
the Riyadh metro. In its role as Executive Project Manager, Bechtel will draw 
on over 120 years of industry experience to deliver a lasting positive impact 
in NEOM.

NEOM will be home to an economy and society oriented to the future with a 
technologically advanced, sustainable infrastructure powered by 100% renewable 
energy to support truly liveable cities. NEOM has accelerated work this year in 
many areas including a contract with Saudi telecom giant, stc, for the 
establishment of a 5G network infrastructure that will accelerate NEOM's 
digital ambitions. It also signed a $5-billion partnership with US-based Air 
Products and Saudi Acwa Power to develop the world's largest green hydrogen and 
green ammonia plant to be operational in 2025.

About NEOM

NEOM is an accelerator of human progress and a vision of what a New Future 
might look like. It is a region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea being 
built from the ground up as a living laboratory – a place where 
entrepreneurship will chart the course for this New Future. It will be a 
destination and a home for people who dream big and want to be part of building 
a new model for exceptional livability, creating thriving businesses, and 
reinventing environmental conservation.   

NEOM will be the home and workplace to more than a million residents from 
around the world. It will include hyperconnected, cognitive towns and cities, 
ports and enterprise zones, research centers, sports and entertainment venues, 
and tourist destinations. As a hub for innovation, entrepreneurs, business 
leaders and companies will come to research, incubate and commercialize new 
technologies and enterprises in ground-breaking ways. Residents of NEOM will 
embody an international ethos and embrace a culture of exploration, risk-taking 
and diversity - all supported by a progressive law compatible with 
international norms and conducive to economic growth.  

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About Bechtel

Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner 
to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our 
relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our 
capabilities to our customers' objectives to create a lasting positive impact. 
Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 
countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, 
improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to 
energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner 

Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas 
& Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial 
planning and investment, through start-up and operations.

Source:  NEOM