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    This partnership is engaged in and has completed key motorway projects in the region in some of the most difficult terrain:

    Kosovo R7 Motorway 80 km four-lane motorway

    Albanian Motorway 61 km of a four-lane motorway with a 5.5 km tunnel

    Romanian Motorway 52 km four-lane motorway

    Croatian Motorway 156 km four-lane motorway

    Ankara-Gerede Motorway 228 km six and eight-lane motorway

    About Bechtel: Bechtel is among the world’s premier engineering, construction, and project management companies. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries and all seven continents. Bechtel is a global leader in developing, managing, and constructing civil infrastructure, from highway, airport, and rail systems to regional development programs. Today, its 49,000 professional and craft employees are teamed with customers, partners, and suppliers on hundreds of projects in nearly 50 countries. For more information about Bechtel visit www.bechtel.com

    About Enka: Enka is the largest Turkish construction and engineering company, and one of the largest in the world. Enka has enjoyed 50 years of successful projects in Europe, Africa, and Asia. For more information about Enka visit www.enka.com


    – 60 km motorway running through Prishtina and Ferizaj Municipality regions

    – Design speed of 80-120 KM per hour

    – Contract Signing Date – 1 July 2014

    – Target Completion Date – 20 January 2018

    Alignment The alignment route will pass through a mixture of level and mountains terrain whilst also crossing through industrial areas of Fushe-Kosove, Lipjan, Ferizaj, Kacanik and Hani I Elezit..

    Technical Data The motorway is a Lump Sum, Design/Build Project and will be a two dual-lane carriageway designed to European Standards and Specifications, with a design speed of 80-120km/hr throughout the motorway.

    Local content

    The success of the Bechtel Enka General Partnership (BEGP) comes from its people and over three quarters of these people come from the areas where we work. We are a global company with experts who strive to add value to everything we do. We appreciate the vital role that every member of the team plays in order to meet our client’s expectations on the world’s toughest projects.

    We have in our team talented, qualified, and motivated people that joined us to build the Route 7 Motorway Project, but continue to hire further staff from the economic centers along the Route 6 alignment.

    We pride ourselves in being an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications of all qualified candidates regardless of race, language, religion, sex, ethnic group, national origin, color, or physical disabilities.

    Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) One of Bechtel-ENKA’s most important values is conducting business with the greatest care for the health and safety of our employees, our partners’, contractors’ and customers’ personnel and the people in the communities where we work. Bechtel-ENKA is also dedicated to sustainable environmental protection. We are committed to achieving and sustaining “Zero Accidents” performance, and to working with all appropriate stakeholders to improve ES&H effectiveness throughout the life of the Kosovo Motorway Project. We will not compromise on these values.


    The largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the Government of Kosovo.

    An important pillar in the country’s infrastructure to develop and improve the economy and the lives of the people of Kosovo.

    A rapid connection to Adriatic ports to help build Kosovo’s and the region’s economy

    A motorway that brings all of Kosovo together and provides a faster connection to neighboring countries.

    This west-east Motorway serves as the centerpiece of Kosovo’s national transport system and will increase investment and economic development in Kosovo having greatly reduced travel time across the country.

    A project that contributed to the development of the economy – through the use of local sources in the procurement of goods, use of local subcontractors, and direct employment of the people of Kosovo.

    The Motorway’s strategic economic benefit is expected to be significant; it will connect to the Durres-Kukes-Morine Motorway in Albania and provide Kosovo with direct access to the Albanian port of Durres, thereby facilitating Kosovo’s trade with the rest of the world.

    These economic benefits will not be limited only to Kosovo given that the motorway is part of the European road network and is expected to contribute to economic integration throughout the region.

    Our fast-track execution approach maximized the benefits for Kosovo. We worked side-by-side with the design team and the Ministry of Transport and Communications to quickly develop appropriate design packages and rapidly progress construction. This enabled us to speed up the execution process, whilst ensuring the technical and financial objectives of the project were achieved.

    – 80 KM Morine to Prishtina Motorway

    – Design speed 120 KM per hour

    – Contract Award Date – 12 April 2010

    – Construction Start – 5 May 2010

    – Contract Period – 44 months

    – Completion Date – Section 1-2-3-4A – 12 November 2011

    – Completion Date – Section 4B – 12 July 2012

    – Completion Date – Section 5 – 27 November 2012

    – Completion Date – Section 7-8-9 -26 November 2013

    Technical Data The motorway is a two dual-lane carriageway designed to International Standards and specifications, with a design speed of 120km/hr. The alignment is based off the 2006 preliminary design with additional optimization to reduce project costs by adjusting to mountainous region, which eliminates the need for tunneling.

    BEGP constructed the motorway in sections and used its fast-track construction techniques to provide a completed motorway within the contractual deadlines. BEGP is committed to meeting the highest of standards with regards to both safety and quality in the construction of the works.

    Length of Motorway 80 km + 51 km Local roads
    Number of Sections 8 (excluding Section 6)
    Number of Interchanges 11
    Deepest Cut 116.7m at Sec.5 5+280
    Highest Embankment 25.75m at Sec.5 14+800
    Number of Bridges (Total Length) 15  ( 3,334 m)
    Longest Bridge V030 Sec 8 – 750m – 19 spans
    Tallest Pier Bridge 3 – Pier 9 – 40.51m
    Number of Overpasses 31
    Number of Underpasses 25
    Total Man Hours 22,915,219
    Peak Manpower (Sep 2011) 4,013 individuals onsite

    Environmental, Safety & Health Program (ES&H) BEGP believes in a Zero Accident philosophy, and believes that every person who works on the Project has the right to finish their day at work in the same healthy condition in which they started. BEGP was focused on employing local manual workers and had implemented training program which will developed both ES&H knowledge and skill level. Workers were encouraged to not only embrace the Safety culture themselves but to assist their friends and colleagues in ensuring that the:

    –  Route 7 – Kosovo Motorway Project was a safe place to work.

    – ES&H training to develop knowledge and awareness which will last a life time

    – Transfer of knowledge from foreign skilled workers,

    – Experience working on a fast tracked mega project which will benefit the entire nation and its people.

    Quality Program BEGP had a comprehensive Quality Program in place and strived to perform work “right the first time, every time”. The program ensured that employees throughout the team are trained and aware of what they had to do in order to meet the Project’s standards and specifications, by working safely and effectively with regards to quality. BEGP had meet the target schedule.

    Local Content and Labor: The BEGP maximized use of Kosovo content in staffing, purchasing, and subcontracting. The project brought together international experience with local knowledge by hiring and training local Kosovo employees – in positions ranging from management to supervisors, to operators; to craft labor.

    The BEGP executed the work to maximize the economic and social benefits to affected communities along the motorway alignment. The project targeted to benefit the local economy through the use of local contractors and local suppliers and employment of people from Kosovo, particularly in the area of the alignment. The BEGP has provided safety and skills training to all employees on the project, and the BEGP aims to build the capacity and business skills of local companies through exposure to project processes and subcontracting opportunities.