Aussie firm gets part of Iraq job

Australian engineering firm, Worley Group, has announced it has won a share in an $800 million contract to rebuild Iraq's oil infrastructure. It is the biggest prize yet for Australia's participation in the US-led war.

    Iraq has the world's second largest known oil reserves

    Worley secured the contract to rebuild Iraq's oil infrastructure in the north of the country through its 35% stake in a joint venture with US-based engineering group, Parsons Corporation.

    The contract is the largest yet for Australian companies keen to share in the two billion US dollars' worth of contracts expected to be awarded by US authorities to rebuild Iraq.

    Their chances were boosted last month when US President George Bush announced countries that did not support the war would be excluded from US-funded projects.

    Australian Prime Minister John Howard was one of the staunchest allies of the US and its military action against the regime of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, contributing about 2000 service personnel to the campaign.

    The win is also a boost for Worley which only listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in November 2002. In midday trade the group's shares had surged 8.2%, or 25 cents, at 3.30%. 

    Worley will be involved in extinguishing oil well fires, design and construction to restore infrastructure to a safe condition, general maintenance, distribution of oil products within Iraq and technical assistance in the sale and export of oil products.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.