Turkmenistan is among the 20 countries where KBR, formerly a part of Halliburton, will work on a US $ 3.8 billion contract for the US CENTCOM.
However, the exact details of the kind of work KBR will do in Turkmenistan are still not clear. Ms. Sheryl Gibbs, KBR media relation manager, told nCa through email, “The client has not yet communicated how much design-build and construction work will be done in each of the 20 countries covered under the contract. Therefore, until KBR begins receiving requests for proposals, we do not have details on the work in Turkmenistan.”
She added, “KBR is proud to continue its support in the Middle East and Central Asia regions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Central Command.”
KBR announced the award of the contract on 30 June 2011. This is a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).
“The current MATOC program will support design-build and construction projects throughout the 20 countries of the CENTCOM area of responsibility, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, U.A.E., Uzbekistan and Yemen. A large majority of the task orders anticipated for this MATOC program include vital projects directly supporting the U.S. Military and U.S. Government in the various regions,” says a press release of KBR.
KBR is already working on Mary fertilizer plant under a license agreement and basic engineering design (BED) agreement with Kawasaki Plant Systems (K-Plant). A Japanese consortium including Kawasaki and Sojitz is doing the project.