Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root is poised to sell its civil engineering consultancy arm to fellow American engineer Jacobs Babtie.
The firm, which is split into two divisions, energy and chemicals and government and infrastructure, said last month that it wanted to concentrate on engineering and project management rather than consultancy and was looking to sell off parts of the business that did not fit into this strategy.
A spokesperson for KBR said that the sell-offs would be in the consultancy parts of the government and infrastructure division. One hundred staff at its office in Leatherhead, Surrey, would be transferred to Jacobs Babtie.
The spokesperson said: “KBR’s government and infrastructure division in the UK has taken the decision to focus its business on engineering and programme management and the delivery of major projects. As a result it will be losing some of its traditional civil engineering consulting business.”
KBR is in advanced discussions about the transfer of about 100 staff
He added: “KBR is in advanced discussions about the transfer of about 100 staff in the highways infrastructure and environment sectors at its Leatherhead office, to Babtie.”
Jacobs Babtie is a £230m-turnover consultant known for its environmental engineering and road-building expertise.
The sell-offs come amid speculation that Halliburton is looking to sell off KBR, which, as the engineering and construction part of Halliburton, is the largest American contractor in Iraq. However, Halliburton chief financial officer Cris Gaut said last month that no decision had been taken about the fate of KBR.