In over 70 years, Techint Engineering & Construction has executed more than 3,500 projects across five continents. These are large-scale industrial and infrastructure works that have accompanied the growth and development of more than 45 countries.
"International Technical Company" –which soon received the name of TECHINT due to its original abbreviated telex code–, was founded as an international company in 1945. Its founder, Agostino Rocca, was an entrepreneurial engineer and a key figure in the development of the Italian iron & steel industry in the 30s.
The company started providing engineering services to an increasing number of customers in Latin America and Europe. Soon followed the construction activities: one of the first important projects of the company was the development of a pipeline network of great diameter in Argentina.
The gas pipeline of 1,800 km between Comodoro Rivadavia and Buenos Aires was inaugurated in 1949, 40 days ahead of schedule. Between 1948 and 1950, Techint built 2,000 km of transmission lines, 150 substations and 1,000 km of land routes.
In the 50s, the company embarked on new challenges, like the construction of industrial plants. The most important works were construction of the first ceramic product plant Ladrillos Olavarría and Somisa Blast Furnace 1 (both in Argentina), and Tamsa Steel Complex in Veracruz, Mexico.
Techint also built thermal power and hydropower plants, in addition to oil and gas pipelines. In Argentina, the company completed the Plaza Huincul-General Conesa gas pipeline, while in Brazil it concluded the Santos-São Paulo oil pipeline system.
In Italy, it concluded the Centuripe aqueduct and in Egypt the Suez-Cairo oil pipeline. Furthermore, the company started operations in civil works, like the Rakka-Kamichliye road in Syria and the maintenance system of the National Highway Network in Haiti.
In the 60s, Techint Engineering & Construction executed important works in oil refineries for state-owned companies like Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF) in Argentina and Petrobras in Brazil. In this segment, the completion of the Rio de Janeiro-Belo Horizonte Oil Pipeline (Brazil) and the YPF Refinery in La Plata (Argentina) are the highlights. These works constituted one of the central areas of the Group’s future businesses: the oil & gas market. The company also completed in Libya the Marsa El Brega gas liquefaction plant and in Greece the Thessaloniki Chemical Complex.
During this decade, Techint also expanded its activities to the automobile and pulp industry, road networks, sea terminals and power segment – in which the completion of the Saluggia nuclear project and the La Spezia thermal power plant (both in Italy) can be highlighted.
In the 70s, the business was given a strong boost, thanks to which Techint became one of the foremost pipeline constructors worldwide, also provider of turnkey plants in the petrochemical and infrastructure sector (like ports and airports).
The Norperuano oil pipeline was concluded, which crosses the Andean Cordillera along 850 km, the Warry-Kaduna oil pipeline of 1,800 km in Nigeria, and the Bowral-Sydney gas pipeline in Australia.
The experience in thermal power plants also took a qualitative leap: projects were concluded in Vado Ligure, Turbigo, Piombino, Rossano Calabro (Italy), and in Annaba, Algeria, inter alia.
On the other hand, the construction of the Zárate-Brazo Largo Railway Complex had a great economic and social impact on Argentina, since it connected the country to Uruguay and Brazil.
During this decade, Techint conducted in Ecuador the Papallacta system for supply of potable water, and in Brazil it constructed pipelines along a total of 1,700 km. In Argentina, it set a new record on completing the Neuquén-Buenos Aires gas pipeline, of 1,400 km in only 12 months, ahead of schedule.
In Mexico, it focused mainly on industrial plants: waste and wastewater treatment, thermal power plants; as well as steel mills and iron storage.
It ventured into China, in the industrial area, with a syringe production plant; in Iran, it completed the works in the Khangiran Refinery and, in Italy, the Brasimone and Montalto Di Castro nuclear plants.
In 1980, Techint was one of the first companies worldwide to adopt computer aided design (CAD), becoming a world leader in computer technology applied to engineering and construction.
In these years, Techint conducted countless important projects worldwide, like the Enugu-Makurdi-Yola pipeline of 650 km in Nigeria, the Yanbu-Madinah water transmission system in Saudi Arabia, various ducts in Chile, oil & gas refineries and processing plants in Brazil, Uruguay and Trinidad & Tobago, 2,000 km of pipelines in Colombia, and roads in Bolivia.
It also contributed significantly to the electrification of Mexico with over 13,000 km of power lines and optic fiber network, installed throughout the country.
In Italy, the company built the Instituto Clínico Humanitas, a highly specialized general hospital, among the most modern and innovative in Europe; while in Argentina, it completed the Blast Furnace 2 in the Siderar plant in San Nicolás.
Also during this period, the company collaborated in the integration of the regional power of Mercosur, building pipelines that allowed the connection between Argentina and Chile, Bolivia and Brazil, and Brazil and Argentina.
Techint set a new world record participating at the same time in two of the widest pipelines in the world: the Crudos Pesados Oil Pipeline in Ecuador and the Camisea Gas and LNG Pipeline in Peru.
This decade, it also executed works in Petrobras’ refineries in Brazil, and conducted the electromechanical assembly of electric power generation installations and natural gas liquefaction plants in Egypt and Nigeria. In Saudi Arabia, it completed several pipelines and works in the oil & gas plants of Haradh and Hawiyah.
In the power sector, the company executed high-voltage transmission lines – like the SIEPAC project, which interconnected six countries from Central America- , the Central Puerto electric power plant and the Los Caracoles Hydropower Complex (both in Argentina), and the Piacenza and Dalmine power plants, in Italy.
On the other hand, it built the Rome Auditorium and a new building for Humanitas Gavazzeni in Italy. In mining, the projects in Los Pelambres (Chile) and Mina Veladero (Argentina) can be highlighted.
Techint concluded projects like the Gate LNG Terminal in the Netherlands, which has the greatest capacity in Europe; the Scandale thermal power plant in Italy, and the Damietta project in Egypt, one of the biggest methanol plants worldwide.
The third natural gas processing unit was completed for the Sábalo plant in Bolivia as well as the works in the Petrotin plant in Trinidad & Tobago. In the energy field, the company worked in the Atucha II nuclear center in Argentina, marking its return to this growing segment.
It also concluded the expansion of the TenarisTamsa plant in Mexico and conducted works in various refineries of Brazil.
Techint currently has over 40 projects in different parts of the world: the extension of the H Subway line in Argentina, power plants and mining facilities in Peru and Mexico, the Dunkerque LNG terminal in France and the Yanbu sulfur and coke refinery. Moreover, the company has expanded its offshore expertise with the development of the P-76 project in Brazil.