Monday, October 22, 2007

Good news from Iraq: 22 Oct 2007

From MNF-I, ‘The Mother of all Truck Stops’ nears completion.

TALLIL — Tucked away in a corner of this spacious former Iraqi air base is an emerging complex that might be considered the Mother of All Truck Stops, replete with a large petroleum reserve facility, a dining facility, a fire station, and space for sleeping quarters.

Work on the $24.1 million project began last December. Yet as Paul Christianson, project manager for KBR’s Design & Construction unit said, “Few people on base know what we’re doing out here.” KRB is partnering on the job with Kulak Construction Co., a Turkish firm.

Tommy Nason, construction representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said that “three-fourths of the project has been turned over already, ahead of schedule.” Nason is with the Adder Area Office of the Corps’ Gulf Region South district.

Located within hailing distance of Main Supply Route Tampa, the Tallil project is a key link in the supply chain that starts in Kuwait and runs the length of Iraq. Christianson said the project team completed a similar facility in northern Iraq last year with the Corps' Gulf Region North district. ...

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