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One of the world’s leading engineering periodicals, U.S.-based Engineering News-Record (ENR), announced the winners of its 2016 Global Best Projects, which recognizes annually the best engineering projects of the year. Of the 23 selected projects, two are from Odebrecht: the Ethylene XXI Petrochemical Complex Project in Mexico in the Industrial category, and Nacala International Airport in Mozambique in the Airport category.

The magazine selected the projects based on a series of factors: health and safety, innovations, challenges, design and construction quality, with a special emphasis on the diversity of teams that brought these projects to fruition.

The Ethylene XXI Project has already garnered other international awards. In 2015, it won the DuPont Global Safety Award with the highest score ever in the award’s history. In May, the group was invited by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group, to participate in its IFC Sustainability Exchange 2016 event in Washington D.C., and to share with other clients the human resources management model used on the project, which did not suffer any stoppages due to strikes, hired over 28,000 people and at the peak of construction had 17,055 team members from 29 countries.

The Ethylene XXI Project was submitted to the competition by Paulo Levita, Administration and Finance Officer at Odebrecht Engineering & Construction International – Industrial Engineering. According to him, "the international awards received from such prominent organizations represent important recognition of the efforts of the Odebrecht Group, which constantly seeks to contribute to change in socioeconomic conditions in local communities and is always concerned with the environment and its Team Members."

Meanwhile, the Nacala project was submitted by Jorge Maltezinho, Engineering Manager at Odebrecht Engineering & Construction International – Infrastructure. "Our very first reaction to this award was a great sense of pride, since it represents recognition of the efforts and dedication of a special team that managed to stay focused on the project’s key goals and to overcome a series of challenges with cohesion, competence and creativity. This allowed us to deliver a project with innovative solutions and an excellent balance of quality, safety and performance aspects, while respecting people and society and still assuring the client’s satisfaction. This award also encourages us to continue in our continuous pursuit of doing what is right, despite the difficult scenario we are facing."

The judges selected projects from 15 different countries and five continents and had two options: best project and merit award. The two Odebrecht projects were recognized in the second category.

Details of the selected projects will be published in the September issue of ENR. The awards ceremony will be held in October in New York City, during the ENR Global Construction Summit.