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Extra time to find Iraq staff

FOSTER Wheeler has been given more time to get its staff out to Iraq following crisis talks with the US Program Management Office last week.

The firm had until today (Thursday) to get 34 staff out to Baghdad to provide programme management for design and construction work in the oil sector.

Last week Construction News revealed that Foster Wheeler Energy, which is based in Reading, was just days away from being stripped of its $8.5 million contract because it had not fully staffed the scheme following security fears.

Now the PMO has given the firm more time to make sure it gets its staff to the Iraqi capital.

A source said: 'It has been resolved.

Foster Wheeler has agreed to send staff out there in the next few weeks.'

It is understood the PMO has offered the firm extra protection for its staff when they fly out to Baghdad.