Pristina, 25 April 2010 – Thousands of people today in Kosovo celebrated the groundbreaking for the Kosovo Motorway, Route 7 which will be constructed by the Bechtel Enka General Partnership (BEGP).
The President of Kosovo, Fatmir Sejdiu, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hasim Thaci and the Head of the Assembly of Kosovo, Jakup Krasniqi attended the ceremony, as well as the Prime Minister of Albania, Sali Berisha and Minister of Transport of Albania, Sokol Olldashi. The BEGP will start the construction of a 102 kilometer motorway that will serve as a centerpiece of the country’s national transportation system. The four-lane motorway will start from the border with Albania at Morine and connect at the north of Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.
The BEGP will be responsible for design management, procurement, and construction. The project will bring together international experience and local knowledge, maximizing opportunities to benefit the local economy through the use of local contractors, suppliers and employment on the project.
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Bechtel Enka Joint Venture
The Bechtel Enka Joint Venture brings an unrivalled depth of experience and knowledge gained from executing complex projects all over the world. Working together as an integrated team, the Bechtel Enka Joint Venture has successfully completed projects across Europe and Asia for several decades. Bechtel and Enka have completed over 28,000 kilometers of highways and roads, 100 tunnels totaling 350 kilometres in length, and 25 major bridge projects. This enduring relationship is testimony to our joint commitment to continue the successful delivery of projects. For more information about Bechtel visit www.bechtel.com and for more information about Enka visit www.enka.com.