US Army appointed to put out oil fires

25 March 2003
The Department of Defence announced on 24 March that it has appointed the army as executive agent for implementing plans to extinguish Iraqi oil well fires and assess damage done to oil facilities during the assault on Iraq.

The plan, which was turned over to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), encompasses the full range of activities that might be necessary to restore or continue the operation of the Iraqi oil infrastructure.

The Corps will rely in large part on contractors with experience and specialist competencies. In the initial phase, the Corps' prime contractor will be Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) of Houston. The company has prepared contingency plans for the government under the Army Field Support Command's Logistics Civil Augmentation Programme (LOGCAP).

The 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.

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