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UNDP Inaugurates Basra Sub-Office

UNDP Inaugurates Basra Sub-Office

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov (pictured), officially inaugurated UNDP’s sub-office for southern Iraq in Basra.

Held at the premises of the sub-office, the inauguration ceremony was attended by local officials and civil society leaders, including the Chief Justice of the Basra Appellate Court, the Head of the Police Force in Basra, the Head of the Development Committee of the Basra Provincial Council, and members of the Provincial Council.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Mladenov stressed that

the inauguration of this sub-office demonstrates the UN’s commitment to bring its services closer to the beneficiaries and build stronger partnerships with local authorities and civil society.

“UNDP and the rest of the UN family will strive to foster greater social cohesion, inclusive growth, clean and sustainable environment and resilient and transparent governance structures and processes”.

Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, the UNDP Iraq Country Director, stated that:

“UNDP has been a Development Partner to Iraq for the past 35 years. This sub-office is meant to serve the four southern provinces of Basra, Muthanna, Thi Qar and Missan and will be followed very soon with another one for the mid-Euphrates region. UNDP will also double its presence in Erbil”.

Mr. Abdelmoula thanked the Government of Sweden for its generous contribution that enabled UNDP to establish the Basra sub-office.

(Source: UN)

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US Warns re Travel in Basra

US Warns re Travel in Basra

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that Iraq remains at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence. Recent reports indicate that militant groups may be surveilling U.S. citizens for possible kidnapping operations, particularly oil company employees working in Basrah Province, Iraq.

The groups may be focused on U.S. citizens at hotels in the Basrah area. We encourage all U.S. citizens to review the existing travel warning for Iraq and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety if travel to Iraq is necessary.

U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General Erbil. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy, located in the IZ, via e-mail to BaghdadACS@state.gov. In the event of a U.S. citizen emergency please contact: 0770-443-1286 (from Iraq) or 011-964-770-443-1286 (from the United States).

U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad.

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain the latest information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

(Source: US Embassy)

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Iraq parliament Supports Basra-Aqaba Pipeline

Iraq parliament Supports Basra-Aqaba Pipeline

By John Lee.

Iraq’s parliament fully supports a project to build an $18 billion pipeline to export crude oil from Basra to Jordan’s port city of Aqaba.

Speaking to The Jordan Times, Adnan Al Janabi, chairman of the Iraqi parliament’s energy committee said:

“We are very supportive of this strategic project with Jordan, which will greatly help Iraq increase its oil exports across the world.”

The 1,680-kilometre double pipeline will pump one million barrels of oil a day from Basra on the Arabian Gulf to Aqaba Port, and around 258 million cubic feet of gas.

The oil pipeline, which is expected to be operational late in 2017, will provide Jordan with 150,000 barrels of- oil per day, while the rest will be exported through Aqaba, generating an estimated $3 billion a year in revenues for the Kingdom.

Approximately 100 million cubic feet of natural gas will fulfil Jordan’s gas requirements and the rest will be used in pumping stations along the double pipeline.

Baghdad has recently shortlisted 12 international companies to build the pipeline, according to Iraqi officials and the State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP) is expected to invite these firms to submit their offers by November or December.

(Source: The Jordan Times)

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Fugro wins Contract from Basra Gas Company

Fugro wins Contract from Basra Gas Company

Fugro has been awarded a contract for one year, plus a year extension option, by Basra Gas Company (BGC) for the provision of Geotechnical Investigations and Topographic Services in the Basrah province of Southern Iraq.

Fugro will provide geotechnical and topographical survey investigation services at various locations throughout the project area to support a number of planned engineering projects for an onshore LNG plant, new pipelines, and anticipated expansion of gas compression facilities.

From the planning through to the decommissioning stages of the project, engineering survey support will be provided in the form of route, profile, setting out and as-built surveys for pipelines, cables, utility services, roads, and overhead power lines.

Geotechnical investigations will be carried out for engineering and foundation design of new structures and review of existing structures in the project area, with all geotechnical laboratory testing performed at Fugro’s accredited laboratory in Basrah.

The award builds on the work previously undertaken by Fugro Iraq in support of Basrah Gas Company’s gas development activities in the Basrah province of Southern Iraq.

The contract award supports Fugro Iraq’s commitment to the continued development of Iraq’s rebuilding process.

(Source: Fugro)

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Iranian Gas to Supply Basra

Iranian Gas to Supply Basra

By John Lee.

Gas from the South Pars field in Iran could be supplying power stations in the province of Basra within a year, reports UPI.

A pipeline currently under construction will run from Asaluyeh to Iraq’s southern city of 2 million people, and may later extend to Syria, depending on conditions “after the war” according to Iranian deputy oil minister Ali Majedi.

The 56 inch pipeline is part of a wider deal to supply power stations across Iraq which was finalized last year and will be 270km in length when fully constructed.

(Source: UPI)

 

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AB Maritime Plan Basra-Dubai Ferry Route

AB Maritime Plan Basra-Dubai Ferry Route

By John Lee.

Arab Bridge Maritime, the joint venture established by the governments of Iraq, Jordan and Egypt in 1985, is planning a two ferry service between Basra and Dubai.

The venture will initially cost $2 million per year based on the hiring cost of the ferries, and if successful the ferries will be purchased, according to AB Maritime director Hussein al-Souob.

Al- Souob noted that the company had gone from strength to strength, with capital rising to $100 million as of last year.

(Source: Daily News Egypt.)

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Basra’s Mighty Petro-Dollar

Basra’s Mighty Petro-Dollar

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Basra’s Mighty Petro-Dollar: But Does the Province Have Anything to Show for it?

Basra is one of the country’s wealthiest provinces in terms of oil it produces; its budget for 2014 is bigger than some small countries’. Yet somehow the money doesn’t seem to be improving locals’ lives. Provincial authorities hope this year will be different – only the central government in Baghdad seems to be standing in their way.

Authorities in the province of Basra have many plans to improve the lot of their people – the province is one of Iraq’s biggest oil producers yet somehow the revenue from oil sales never seems to return in sufficient amounts to alleviate poverty and to allow completion of projects such as roading and housing in the area.

Still maybe this year will be different. Local politicians have high hopes, saying there is more money than ever and that various deals have been done with international firms to try and circumvent local corruption and inefficiency and to improve the region’s services.

Indeed the province’s income for 2014 will be as much as US$15 billion. This includes amounts still owed from 2013 and the amount agreed upon last year when Law 21, which governs the powers that Iraq’s provinces can have, was amended. The amendments to Article 44 of the law firmed up how much an oil producing province should get per barrel of oil: five petrodollars per barrel of oil or 150 cubic meters of natural gas.

“Basra’s budget is higher than Jordan’s,” local economist Adnan Farhan, said. “This puts the province ahead of other Iraqi cities in terms of growth and construction – if the budget is properly spent,” he cautions.

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Kuwaiti Company to Clean up Basra

Kuwaiti Company to Clean up Basra

By John Lee.

The Kuwait National Cleaning Company has reportedly won a three-year, 207-billion-Dinar contract to remove trash from Basra city.

According to a report from Alsumaria, the company beat six competitors from Germany, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran.

The Governor’s advisor for services, Mohamad Jaafar, said:

Al Basra’s Governor, Majed Al Nasrawi, reiterated on numerous occasions the importance of dealing with the company according to standards of quality, timely delivery and cleanliness instead of the weight of garbage collected and buried in landfills. The latter approach has proven to be a failure when it was adopted with Gifra, the Turkish cleaning company in 2010.

The Kuwaiti company has agreed to employ many of the existing municipal workers in providing the service, with the remaining workers re-allocated to “public schools and certain sanitary centers“.

(Source: Alsumaria)

(Picture: Refuse Collection in Basra)

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