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Wed 26 Mar 2003 04:00 AM

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Halliburton to be US Army prime contractor for oil fires in Iraq

The US Army, designated by the US Department of Defense to implement plans to put out oil well fires in Iraq and to assess the damage to oil facilities during "Operation Iraqi Freedom," awarded Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), a US company and subsidiary of Halliburton to extinguish oil fires in Iraq.

The US Army, designated by the US Department of Defense to implement plans to put out oil well fires in Iraq and to assess the damage to oil facilities during "Operation Iraqi Freedom," awarded Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), a US company and subsidiary of Halliburton to extinguish oil fires in Iraq.

In a statement, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said, "The plan, which was turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), encompasses the full range of activities that might be necessary to restore or continue the operation of the Iraqi oil infrastructure, which is of vital importance to the future health of Iraq's economy."

"To carry out this mission, the Corps will rely in large part on contractors with the needed expertise and specialized resources."

Thus far, the prime contractor is Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) based in Houston, Texas.

According to DoD, the US Corps will perform a variety of activities, including extinguishing oil well fires and assessing damage to oil facilities, and is prepared to clean up oil spills or other environmental damage at oil facilities. It also will perform engineering design and repair or reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, operate facilities, and distribute products, if required.

KBR is the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton,one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the petroleum and energy industries.

According to the Associated Press, Halliburton subcontractors Boots & Coots International Well Control Inc. and Wild Well Control Inc., both also from Houston, will handle the firefighting chores.

Halliburton was responsible for extinguishing 320 burning oil wells in the aftermath of the first Gulf War in 1991.

Halliburton was formerly led by US Vice President Dick Cheney before he resigned in 2000 to join the Republican presidential race.

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