The Corps issued task orders totaling $278 million on three "indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity" (IDIQ) contracts to Washington Group International, Boise; Fluor Intercontinental, Greenville, S.C., and Perini Corp., Framingham, Mass., for potential contingency requirements in U.S. Central Command's area of operations. A $12-million task order was issued to IAP Worldwide Services, Irmo, S.C. The cost ceilings on the contracts with WGI, Fluor and Perini will rise from $100 million to $500 million each. IAP's will rise from $29.5 million to $523.5 million.

The contractors will be required to repair, replace or supplement generating, transmission, and distribution systems that are out of service, damaged, or operating at reduced capacity or efficiency. Initial projects are grouped by region, with the contractors being assigned the following areas based on available funding:

  • Washington Group International, northern Iraq–$110 million
  • Fluor Intercontinental, central Iraq–$102 million
  • Perini Corp., southern Iraq–$66 million
  • IAP Worldwide Services–$12 million for the acquisition of generators

"This is a turn of events," says a Corps spokeswoman. "We were asked by the Coalition Provisional Authority to come in and help with electrical reconstruction. This is a new request for the Corps to make these specific repairs."

Contractors will perform a variety of tasks in support of this mission, such as repairing existing generation stations; repairing, replacing and installing new high-voltage transmission lines; repairing medium- and low-voltage substations; and rehabilitating distribution control centers. Additionally, contractors may be required to provide new generators and turbines; provide new electrical transmission switching, transformers, control and monitoring equipment; and construct facilities to support equipment. They will also develop a logistics management system to inventory, procure and distribute parts for the power generation and distribution. This logistics system will enable Ministry of Electricity employees to make necessary repairs to their systems.

These contracts allow the Corps of Engineers to call upon the contracted companies to rapidly execute design and construction and prime power services anywhere in the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

he U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued $290 million in task orders on four previously awarded contracts. The task orders will support ongoing efforts to repair Iraq's electrical infrastructure. Issuance of the task orders requires substantially raising the cost ceiling on the original contracts.