Halliburton: KBR Delivered Fuel at Best Value, Price, Terms
Tuesday February 24, 11:26 am ET
Company Says It Saved Taxpayers Dollars by Finding New Fuel Source###
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 24, 2004--Media reports have indicated that the Inspector General's office is further examining allegations of fuel delivery in Iraq. Halliburton has not received any notification of a further development in the examination. The company says, if the reports are true, they would represent a normal, routine step in any kind of high profile inquiry.
"This is a step toward resolution of the issue. In the current political environment, it is expected," Wendy Hall, company spokeswoman, said.
"The facts show KBR delivered fuel to Iraq at the best value, the best price and the best terms. It is important to understand that this is a forward step to study the issue. It is not a new attack on Halliburton," said Hall. "It is also important to understand the difference between fact and allegations. It is not fact that KBR has overcharged."
Hall emphasized that the US Army Corps of Engineers approved that the fuel be delivered from Kuwait, even though it was at a higher cost than fuel imports from Turkey.
"It's unfair to accuse Halliburton of paying too much for Kuwaiti fuel when KBR was told to buy the fuel and given approval to purchase it from a specific supplier," said Hall.
Halliburton summarized the original mission as outlined by the Army Corps of Engineers.
"The company was asked to find a fuel source in the region. The first fuel source that could be delivered in an emergency was found in Kuwait," said Hall. "KBR actually introduced the idea of sourcing fuel from Turkey, and it saved taxpayers well over $100 million."
Hall said the company would continue to work hard to establish that its contracts are good for the United States.
"We also know that Halliburton is not only qualified but also it is one of the few companies in the world who could perform these difficult and dangerous tasks," said Hall.
The company said it welcomes a thorough review of any and all government contracts.
Halliburton has a 60-year history of working with the government. KBR helped build U.S. war ships in World War II, as well as projects in Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti and the Balkans. Halliburton also helped put out more than half of the oil well fires in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War.
Wendy Hall, 713-759-2605