The Defense Department announced new contracts Monday for companies to deliver gasoline to Iraq, replacing some contracts that were previously handled by Halliburton Co. (search), which has been accused of overcharging for delivery of gasoline to Iraq.

Refinery Associates of Texas (search), based in New Braunfels, Texas, was awarded a $108.5 million contract for diesel fuel and gasoline for Iraq.

Other companies, in Turkey, that were awarded contracts:

-- Turcas Petrol, awarded a $59 million contract for diesel fuel and gasoline for Iraq.

-- Opet Petrolcul, awarded a $55 million contract for gasoline for Iraq.

-- Petrol Ofisi, awarded a $35 million contract for diesel fuel for Iraq.

-- Delta Petrol Urunleri Ticaret, awarded an $18 million contract for liquefied petroleum gas for Iraq.

-- Iprgaz, awarded a $17 million contract for liquefied petroleum gas for Iraq.

-- Tefirom Construction & Energy, awarded a $15 million contract for liquefied petroleum gas for Iraq.

Several U.S. firms were also awarded contracts, but for such things as hardware components, international cargo transportation services and environmental remediation service.

Halliburton, which supplies military support services in Iraq, and elsewhere. has been accused of overcharging for delivery of gasoline to Iraq; that company employees took kickbacks; and that it charged too much for meals served to troops in Iraq.

Halliburton, of which Vice President Dick Cheney was chairman before his 2000 vice presidential campaign, has consistently denied overcharges.