Contractor Bechtel Pulls Out of Iraq The giant engineering and construction firm Bechtel has wrapped up its work in Iraq. Bechtel won two contracts totalling $2.3 billion to repair infrastructure: water, power, sewage, and telecom systems. It was also hired to rebuild airports and bridges, hospitals and schools. Bechtel completed all but two of its 99 projects. In the process, 52 of its contracted workers were killed.