Saving the oil wells.WHILE U.S. and coalition forces continued their advance to Baghdad, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was tasked to extinguish the oil-well fires in Southern Iraqi.
USACE USACE United States Army Corps of Engineers contractors in Iraq have been working with coalition forces to assess what needs to be done to put the fires out.
"This mission gives us the chance to support our troops "Support our troops" is a slogan commonly used in the United States and in Canada in reference to the United States Military and the Canadian Forces (Army, Air & Navy). The slogan has been used in the recent conflicts, including the Gulf War and Iraq war. , ensure their safety and support our nation. It brings together civilians, reservists and active-duty military personnel into an experienced, enthusiastic Corps team dedicated to getting the job done as quickly and smoothly as possible," said the Corps' lead contractor for its deployed Forward Engineering Support Team. Because he was working in the combat zone, he asked to remain anonymous.
The Department of Defense designated the Army as executive agent for implementing plans to extinguish oil-well fires and to assess the damage to oil facilities during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Corps contracted with the Texas-based firm Kellogg Brown & Root to extinguish the fires to limit environmental damage and prevent health hazards to local residents and coalition forces.
KBR was instrumental in planning the oil-well fire-fighting mission in response to the Kuwaiti oil fires during Operation Desert Storm Noun 1. Operation Desert Storm - the United States and its allies defeated Iraq in a ground war that lasted 100 hours (1991)
Gulf War, Persian Gulf War - a war fought between Iraq and a coalition led by the United States that freed Kuwait from Iraqi invaders; in 1991, said USAGE officials. KBR prepared the current contingency plans for the government under the Army Field Support Command's Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Standing, long-term contacts designed to augment Service logistic capabilities with contract support in both preplanned and short notice contingencies. Examples include US Army Logistics Civilian Augmentation Program, US Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, and US Navy Construction .
A Texas sub-contractor, Boots and Coots International Well Control, is studying the feasibility of using a water-based system to put out the fires. Contractors also are evaluating the differences between Iraq's northern and southern oil fields, including such factors as the depth of the wells and the amount of pressure in each.
During Operation Desert Storm there were about 700 oil-well fires burning in Kuwait. Oil spills in the Arabian Gulf caused by sabotaged pipelines also posed problems, as did oil-filled trenches that were ignited in an attempt to obscure targets.
The Corps' work in Iraq will include engineering design and repair or reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, facilities operation and product distribution, if required. USACE personnel are prepared to do what's necessary to extinguish the fires, restore the wells and put them back in production to help preserve Iraq's economy.
USACE has been supporting Operation Enduring Freedom since September 2001. More recently, it has been building barracks and training facilities for U.S. troops and the Afghan national army Afghan National Army (ANA) is a service branch of the Military of Afghanistan that is currently being trained by the to ultimately take the lead in land-based military operations. in Afghanistan.
Denver Beaulieu-Hains works tar the USACE Public Affairs Office. LTC Gene Pawlik, USACE's deputy public affairs officer, also contributed to this article.