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Crossrail delivery partner Bechtel won £23.3bn of work in 2008

US construction giant Bechtel booked $35 billion (£23.3 billion) in new work in 2008.

The firm - chosen for Crossrail’s delivery partner role earlier this month - saw revenue grow by 16 per cent to $31.4 billion (£21 billion) despite a tough end to the year.

North America generated about 40 per cent of the revenue and more than two-thirds of bookings, the privately held company, which does not disclose its profits, said in its 2008 annual report released this week.

The $35 billion in new work that Bechtel booked last year compared with $34.1 billion in 2007.

Bechtel manages projects ranging from nuclear reactors and oil refineries to Government services and transportation.

Bechtel chairman and chief executive Riley Bechtel, great grandson of founder Warren Bechtel, said: “With a robust backlog of work, we fully expect to ride out the current difficulties and remain a premier engineer-constructor.”

In the UK Bechtel, working as part of Tube Lines for the last six years, said it had finished 60 London Underground stations, renovated 130 escalators and upgraded 100km of track.

The firm signed a £400 million deal on 1 April to be the project delivery partner on the £16 billion Crossrail project.

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