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BUILDING UP AFRICA
bechtel continues to implement a massive infrastructure plan that
will modernize gabon and provide stronger skills to the african
country's workforce.

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The Central African nation of Gabon and San Francisco-based
construction and civil engineering company Bechtel have extended their
agreement to continue work on a $25 billion national infrastructure plan
that began in 2010. The plan is aimed at modernizing the country's workforce, expanding access to social development, and advancing connectivity across the nation and Africa.
	 In	the	past	six	years,	Bechtel	and	Gabon	worked	together	
to	 create	 approximately	 100	 projects	 covering	 transportation,	 housing,	 education	 and	 medical	 facilities,	 water	 and	
waste	 management,	 according	 to	 Bechtel.	 The	 Bechtel-led	
team	 has	 constructed	 about	 5,000	 public	 housing	 units;	
built	 Gabon's	 first	 community	 wastewater	 treatment	 plan;	
designed	 and	 studied	 a	 new	 port,	 marina	 and	 conference	
center	 projects	 for	 the	 capital	 city	 of	 Libreville;	 and	 prepared	 the	 country	 for	 the	 2012	 Africa	 Cup	 of	 Nations	 by	
erecting	two	stadiums,	hotels	and	roads.
	 "We're	excited	to	continue	our	work	to	deliver	infrastructure	for	the	people	of	Gabon	and	to	support	the	implementation	of	the	country's	vision	for	economic	growth,"	explains	
Ailie	 MacAdam,	 Bechtel's	 managing	 director	 -	 Europe	 and	
Africa,	 Infrastructure.	 "This	 will	 include	 upskilling	 local	
workforces	 to	 manage	 major	 infrastructure	 projects	 in	 the	
future,	building	new	facilities	and	improving	local	services	
all	while	sustainably	managing	the	country's	resources	and	
biodiversity."
	 Through	the	agreement,	Bechtel	established	a	public	works	
agency,	 I'Agence	 Nationale	 des	 Grands	 Travaux	 d'Infrastructures	 (ANGTI)	 that	 is	 staffed	 by	 both	 Gabonese	 and	 Bechtel	
workers.	More	than	80	percent	of	the	team	is	hired	locally,.	The	
company	provides	planning	services,	technical	skills	and	project	management	expertise	to	ANGTI	and	manages	the	agency.

	 ANGT's	 role	 is	 to	 coordinate	 the	 national	 infrastructure	
plan	with	various	ministries	and	government	agencies,	monitor	progress,	incorporate	new	execution	tools	and	engage	local	
communities,	Bechtel	says.
	 Beyond	 the	 technical	 support	 it	 provides,	 Bechtel	 is	
tasked	 with	 enhancing	 the	 skillsets	 of	 Gabonese	 workers	
for	project	management,	construction,	engineering,	project	
controls,	sustainability,	health	and	safety,	quality,	and	contracts.	 The	 end	 goal	 is	 for	 the	 country's	 future	 infrastructure	 projects	 to	 be	 managed	 without	 Bechtel's	 leadership,	
according	to	the	company.	
	 More	than	40	contractors	have	completed	more	than	200	
training	courses	covering	a	range	of	construction	skills	from	
how	 to	 conduct	 environmental	 risk	 assessments	 to	 facility	
maintenance.
	 The	 work	 is	 infusing	 money	 into	 the	 Gabonese	 economy.	
During	the	past	six	years,	more	than	$250	million	has	been	directed	to	Gabonese	companies	and	a	total	of	$400	million	was	
spent	 on	 infrastructure	 project	 through	 mid-2014.	 Gabonese	
companies	undertook	two-thirds	of	that	work.
	 ANGTI's	 list	 of	 upcoming	 projects	 includes	 building	
more	than	1,200	kilometers	of	road,	an	airport	renovation,	
upgrading	 medical	 facilities,	 constructing	 two	 20,000-seat	
stadiums	and	upgrading	two	other	arenas	for	the	2017	Africa	
Cup	of	Nations.	mt
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