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NEOM TROJENA appoints US firm Bechtel as Project Management Consultant

January 2023

Articles - Sustainable Construction

NEOM TROJENA appoints US firm Bechtel as Project Management Consultant

January 2023

Bechtel’s Jake Mumm said that NEOM TROJENA is “the most ambitious project in living memory”

American engineering, procurement, construction, and project management company Bechtel has been appointed as the Project Management Consultant (PMC) for NEOM TROJENA, Saudi Arabia’s ski resort set to be completed by 2026.

As part of the contract award, Bechtel will provide services including technical, commercial and construction management, for the development of NEOM TROJENA and supporting the $500 billion gigaproject’s ambitions for sustainability.

“NEOM is without question the most ambitious project in living memory, and we are proud to expand our role to support the TROJENA project,” said Jake Mumm, regional managing director for Infrastructure at Bechtel.

Mumm added: “From a construction perspective, NEOM offers once-in-a-lifetime career opportunities for Saudi nationals, who will be helping to open the world’s eyes to the kingdom’s outstanding natural beauty alongside futuristic technology.”

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NEOM TROJENA: Supporting sustainable development

Following the bid award to US firm Bechtel, Philip Gullett, executive director of NEOM TROJENA, said: “NEOM and TROJENA continue to attract international firms as collaborators of a new future where people can live, work, and play in harmony with nature.

“Our vision defies current industry practices and lays the foundation of what sustainable regional and tourist developments can be.”

Gullett further added: “It is inspiring to witness how the world’s leading minds are coming together to redefine sustainability while maintaining a bespoke development that adapts to the surroundings and exceeds visitors’ expectations. Tourists will be able to experience all this at TROJENA, a destination unlike any other on earth.”

TROJENA will be located 50km from the Gulf of Aqaba coast in the heart of NEOM’s mountainous region, spanning over 1,400km2, with elevations ranging from 1,500m to 2,600m. The main development will cover an area spanning 57km2, which will benefit from the unique mountain climate in the region, where temperatures drop below zero in the winter.

According to NEOM TROJENA, such conditions will allow the development to offer the Gulf’s first outdoor ski experience and host the 2029 Asian Winter Games after submitting the winning bid.

A year-round mountain destination in northwest Saudi Arabia, NEOM TROJENA is a key development that will contribute to the kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals of growing tourism and diversifying its economy away from hydrocarbons.

Ranju Warrier

Editor in Chief