Al-Tameer

the reconstruction of Kuwait

Even before the conclusion of the 1991 Gulf War, Bechtel Corporation was working on the mammoth project of helping Kuwait recover and rebuild from the destruction of their petroleum facilities. This article profiles this mammoth project which involved over 16,000 workers from 36 countries and took just over two years. Bechtel's advance team arrived in Kuwait within days of the Iraqi retreat to direct firefighting teams in controlling the 647 oil well fires. The major risk to the project of restoring Kuwait's petroleum infrastructure was the unavailability of materials that might jeopardize the schedule. A large staging area in Dubai received both air and sea freight. Much credit is given to the extensive training that Bechtel managers received both before and during the project.
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