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Growing Iraqi power benefits British firms

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INCREASED IRAQI involvement in running the war-torn country has left British construction firms well placed to win work in the current round of reconstruction contracts, trade officials said this week.

The US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) is due to hand over power to Iraqi ministries in July, and Iraqis are beginning to have more of a say in contract awards.

'Iraqi involvement is increasing and ministries are certainly working very closely with the CPA on these contracts, which is good news for British firms, ' said British Consultants & Contractors Bureau (BCCB) Middle East construction director Dick Thomson.

'British firms have a strong history in the region and Iraqi ministers would prefer to work with British firms, ' said Thomson.

Last week Halcrow won a £16M commission to work on the Iraqi water infrastructure with the US CH2M Hill/Parsons joint venture.

Halcrow will advise on pumping stations, water supply and irrigation, dams and the environmental restoration of rivers.

Also last week Parsons Brinckerhoff secured a £24M contract to manage power supplies as part of a UK-led joint venture with US firms Parsons Energy and Chemicals Group.

UK consultant Foster Wheeler also won a £4.7M contract to support the CPA Oil Sector Project Management Office. FluorAMEC won a £275M deal to provide design and build services for the construction, rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of power generation facilities.

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