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BECHTEL WINS CONTRACT TO IMPROVE, EXPAND WATER SYSTEMS FOR CITIES IN WESTERN VENEZUELA

 SAN FRANCISCO, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Bechtel said today it has been awarded a $33-million contract by the Venezuelan government to help improve and expand the water supply, distribution and treatment systems for several cities in the Andes Mountains.
 Bechtel International Inc. will provide engineering and procurement services to Venezuela's Ministry of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources for a water project that will be undertaken in the State of Trujillo. The undertaking will involve the expansion and improvement of 30 different facilities associated with distribution systems that draw water from the Andes and that supply the cities of Valera, Trujillo and the Triestradal area. The total cost of the project will be more than $50 million.
 "The western region of Venezuela has been experiencing potable water shortages from time to time during the past several years," explained Charlie Spink, vice president and manager of Bechtel's Buildings and Water Facilities business line.
 "This project will significantly improve the quantity and quality of water available in one of the country's most vital areas. At the same time, it will enhance the general quality of life and revitalize the economy of the cities involved. Bechtel is very pleased to be playing a key role in such a worthwhile effort."
 Spink said the first phase of the three-year program will involve repairs and improvements to the three cities' existing water systems. Included will be improvements to water intake installations, construction of additional aqueducts, improvements to various water filtration facilities, the building of additional water storage components and the institution of control, monitoring and distribution facilities to prevent leaks and to assure a more efficient use of water.
 During a second phase of the project, Spink said Bechtel will focus on the development of more detailed design work and on the expansion of new water facilities into several areas of the cities not currently being served. The final phase of Bechtel's assignment, he added, will involve the installation of waste water systems and various environmental improvements.
 Tahal Consulting Engineers Ltd., an Israeli-based firm, will serve as one of Bechtel's subcontractors on the Trujillo Water Project, providing additional engineering services. Tahal was awarded its $4-million contract because of the considerable experience it has previously gained in similar work in both South and Central America.
 Work on the Trujillo job is scheduled to get under way by the middle of May, with completion set for spring of 1996.
 Bechtel's involvement in major water projects dates back to 1935 when it led the six-firm joint venture that constructed the Hoover Dam. Since then, the company has been involved in more that 100 dam and 300 dike projects, as well as 50 hydroelectric power plants with a total installed capacity of more than 23,000 megawatts. During the same period, Bechtel also has had a role in the development of 30 pumping plants, 540 miles of water transmission pipeline, 95 miles of canals, 100 tunnels with a total length of more than 200 miles, and numerous other water-related facilities throughout the United States and several other countries.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Kidder of Bechtel, 415-768-6397/


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