America’s Largest Construction Firm Bechtel Opens Nairobi Regional Office

Regional office in Nairobi will facilitate development of projects throughout the continent


Bechtel Corporation; The largest construction and civil engineering company in the United States, and the 9th-largest privately owned American company has announced the opening of its office in Nairobi.

The San Francisco headquartered company said the Nairobi office will serve as its headquarters for the whole of Africa saying this reflects the company’s commitment to supporting Africa’s economic growth.

“Our new office in Nairobi presents an opportunity to focus on building stronger relationships with our customers and their communities,” said Andrew Patterson, Bechtel’s region president for Africa. “We are excited about creating a permanent presence in Africa to support our customers in delivering large infrastructure, oil and gas and mining projects.” Patterson will be based in Nairobi.

Since its inception in 1898, the company has undertaken projects in;

  • Infrastructure
  • Mining & Metals
  • Oil, Gas & Chemicals
  • Nuclear, Security, & Environmental.

Over the years, the company has built more than 17,200 miles of roadway, 390 individual power plants, 50 hydroelectric plants, as well as 20 towns and cities globally. It has worked on 300 subway and rail projects, 80 port and harbor projects, and 96 major airport projects.

In 1947, the company undertook the construction on what was then the world’s longest oil pipeline, the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, which began in Saudi Arabia, ran across Jordan and Syria, and ended in Lebanon.

Other Mega projects undertaken by the company include; construction of the largest nuclear plant in the US at the time, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, major airports in Saudi Arabia and the metro rail in Washington among others. 

In 2016, Bechtel ranked ninth on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies by revenue, and it was ranked 7th on Fortune’s list of the 25 Most Important Private Companies. It has been named the top U.S. Contractor by revenue by Engineering News-Record for eighteen years in a row.

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