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Bechtel and Gabon expand £17.9bn infrastructure plan

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Bechtel has extended its infrastructure plan in the West African nation of Gabon.

Gabon and Bechtel are to extend cooperation on a $25bn (£17.9bn) infrastructure plan which will involve the US engineering giant working on transport, housing, education, medical facilities, water and waste management.

So far the project has created 800 homes, 600 classrooms, 600km of road and the country’s first wastewater treatment plant. 

“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,” said 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.”

The company and the country have been working together since 2010, and have established a joint infrastructure development agency to oversee the plan. 

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