U.S. Army invites bids for postwar reconstruction of Iraq

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invited 13 companies to bid on a one-year contract for construction work to refurbish major Iraqi facilities after the elimination of the regime of President Saddam Hussein. The bids were scheduled to be submitted on Tuesday.

The tender did not specify that the project would take place in Iraq.

Instead, the contract referred to the area of U.S. Central Command, which includes more than 20 countries from the Horn of Africa to Central Asia.

"The focus is Iraq and is part of the reconstruction of Iraq after Saddam," a U.S. official said. "But Central Command could divert projects toward repairing any U.S. military facilities in the Gulf damaged in the war."

Officials said the bidders have been asked to envision scenarios of damaged infrastructure, such as bridges and oil facilities. Another scenario included the construction of a compound ringed by a security fence.

The Army Corps of Engineering plans to issue awards for the contract by April 1. The tender said the minimum amount of the contract is $500,000 with a maximum of $100 million.

The companies invited to bid are Bechtel National, J.A. Jones Construction Inc; Washington Group International; Perini Corp.; M.A. Mortenson; Chicago Bridge and Iron Co; Dick Corp; Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group; Fluor Corp; Parsons Brinkerhoff; Earth Tech; Black and Veatch; and Bechtel National.

The United States has also invited five U.S. companies to bid on civilian reconstruction projects in Iraq. The projects, valued at $900 million, will be supervised by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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