Earth Tech Inc, a Long Beach, California based provider of engineering, construction, water management, environmental and transportation services, has been awarded a $65 million task order to rebuild an Iraqi military base.
According to Earth Tech, the work marks the first phase of a US government effort toward the reconstruction of Iraq. Upon reconstruction, the base will be used by the new Iraqi Army.
The task order, the largest issued under the $4 billion Air Force Centre for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE) WERC contract, calls for the refurbishment of existing buildings and infrastructure on the base, plus the construction of new facilities.
Earth Tech, which will lead a team including Fluor Corporation, USA Environmental and CSC’s DynCorp organisation, will also oversee the re-establishment of water supply, wastewater treatment and power services at the base.
The refurbishment of the military base is said to be one of the more visible projects supervised by the Coalition Provisional Authority and is part of the $18.4 billion appropriated by the US Congress in September, 2003.
The rebuilding of this military base has long term implications, according to the director of the Coalition Provisional Authority’s Program Management Office.
‘Through this project and over 2300 others to follow, tens of thousands of Iraqi people will be employed and trained,’ retired US Navy admiral David J Nash said from his office in Baghdad. ‘This is essential as Iraq improves and sustains its basic infrastructure and quality of life for its people.’