The Royal Commission & Bechtel Corp., Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia

In the 1970s, The Royal Commission of Saudi Arabia launched its massive infrastructure project known as Jubail I. The effort transformed a fishing village into Jubail Industrial city, a major Saudi Arabian industrial center. Now, the country is implementing Jubail II, an initiative five miles west of Jubail I and estimated at costing more than US$6 billion to construct an urban center that includes a petrochemical plant, mosques, and other support facilities. This article discusses the evolution of Jubail II. In doing so, it identifies the project's challenges, purpose, and primary elements. It also describes how the Jubail II project team--headed by Bechtel--is planning and implementing work, working with local contractors and teaching them the Bechtel approach to realizing projects, and recruiting experts from outside the area.
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