Posted on 27 November 2013.
A consortium of architecture and design firms from Michigan, USA, has been hired to design a $600 million, 2.8 million-square-foot new petroleum engineering university in Basra.
CBS Detroit reports Iraq’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ali Al-Adeeb, has been touring projects created by the firms that are part of Icon Global Architecture Engineering — Albert Kahn, Rossetti, Saroki, Mannik & Smith, Kalabat, and Walbridge.
Victor Saroki (pictured), CEO of Saroki Architecture, said the group originally pitched itself to the Iraqis about 18 months ago to build teaching hospitals.
(Source: CBS Detroit)
Posted in Construction & Engineering, Oil & Gas
Posted on 19 November 2013.
By John Lee.
Local authorities in Basra province have reportedly threatened to break away from the central government and create an autonomous region of their own.
The idea was rekindled by MP Wail Abd al-Latif, who told Rudaw:
“Efforts toward making Basra an autonomous region is a project and not a trump card against the central government …
“Starting this month, the committee assigned with making Basra an autonomous region will take new legal steps through forming a council made up of representatives from all the towns and sub-districts of Basra.”
He noted that this project has been in the making for a number of years and conforms fully to the Iraqi constitution.
Just days before drafting the final version of the Iraqi constitution in 2005, the issue of a southern Shiite autonomous region caused heated divisive debate among Iraqi politicians.
An autonomous Shiite region that includes several southern provinces is considered the brainchild of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the former leader of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq (ISCI).
He proposed a Shiite autonomous region modeled after the Kurdistan Region, but divisions between Shiites and strong Sunni opposition defeated the project.
In 2010, 22 members from 35 Basra Provincial Councils signed a petition demanding Baghdad hold a referendum in the province in accordance with the Iraqi constitution, so that residents can choose if they want to remain under Baghdad or form their own autonomous government. But the demand fell on deaf ears at the prime minister’s office.
Abd al-Latif argued:
“If Basra became an autonomous region, it would be different from the Kurdistan Region, because the Kurdistan Region was a reality before the formation of the new Iraq and its achievements were incorporated into the Iraqi constitution …
“The region of Basra would be compatible with the current Iraqi laws and constitution.”
Over the past several months the Sunni provinces of Anbar, Salahdeen and Diyala unilaterally declared autonomy from Baghdad.
Posted in Oil & Gas, Politics, Security
Posted on 15 November 2013.
Basra’s Arabian Gulf Academy For Maritime Studies will soon be able to offer its students a high-class hands-on training using three simulators from Transas: Engine Room simulator ERS 5000, GMDSS simulator and Radar/ARPA simulator. The simulators will provide trainees with a wide range of navigational and engineering skills.
Engineers will acquire knowledge of operating an engine room, using ERS 5000. Trainees can receive training based on a general cargo vessel model, including a general cargo propulsion and electric plant simulation. The classroom is equipped with 14 workstations.
The Transas GMDSS simulator TGS 5000 is designed for training and examination of seafarers, who are going to obtain General Operator Certificate (GOC) or Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC). The simulator fully complies with IMO Resolution 4.703 (17) and the latest STCW code requirements.
Each of eight trainee consoles include control panels of VHF&DSC, MF/HF&DSC, remote alarm/distress box for Inmarsat mini-C GMDSS and battery panel. One of the features of this simulator is imitation of radio wave propagation using radio ether model, which takes into account the frequency range, time of the day and distance between the stations.
Trainees will also have a possibility to change from the network operation to the single-user mode to provide self-education while learning and testing.
Radar/ARPA simulation module, being installed at the Basra Maritime Academy, is the third generation of radar system from Transas. It is fully compliant with the latest standards for radar, chart radar and ARPA. Transas Radar/ARPA has a capability to simulate a wide range of realistic effects: shaded areas, loss of targets in heavy sea, radar picture changes depending on ship’s rolling and pitching, echo-signals of different range depending on geometry and reflection capability of a shore line. The classroom will be equipped for 8 trainees.
Posted in Construction & Engineering, Education & Training, Transportation
Posted on 11 November 2013.
By John Lee.
Azzaman reports that Basra province is building 1,200 new schools, most of them in suburban towns and villages.
The provincial council called it “a strategic project” that will providen modern prefab schools across the province.
The new schools are to include laboratories, play grounds and sports facilities.
Posted in Construction & Engineering, Education & Training
Posted on 29 October 2013.
By Nathan Herring.
The installation of a new MRI at the Basra Children’s Hospital in Iraq brings the facility one step closer to diagnosing and treating childhood cancer, one of the leading causes of death in Iraqi children.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Middle East District oversaw the MRI project and the construction of the hospital on behalf of the U.S. government.
“The completion of the MRI project provides the hospital with even greater capability and demonstrates our continued support to our Iraqi partners,” said Col. Jon Christensen, Middle East District commander.
According to a report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Iraq’s healthcare system has deteriorated over the past 35 years to that of a third world country. This is attributed to the lack of investment in health care for children and in modern training for health care providers. One of the biggest areas of concern, according to the report, is the number of childhood cancer cases.
Childhood cancers are eight to ten times more common in Iraq than in the western world and only eight percent of Iraqi children with leukemia survive compared to 80 percent in the U.S. Since 1993, the Iraqi Cancer Registry has reported an increase in the number and proportion of cases of leukemia in southern Iraq.
Children under five account for nearly 56 percent of these cases. Of the five common forms of cancer that account for more than 50 percent of cases, four of them are curable if caught early enough. However in Iraq, most cases are caught in advance stages; therefore they are incurable even if the best treatments were available.
In 2003, the First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, became concerned about the Iraqi health care system, especially the number of childhood cancer cases reported. She asked Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) to conduct a fact finding mission to Iraq to determine the best approach to building a children’s hospital in the country.
Posted in Healthcare
Posted on 15 October 2013.
By John Lee.
Iraq has reopened all four of the crude loading berths at the al-Basra Oil Terminal (ABOT), according to a report from Platts.
Two of the terminal’s four jetties were shut in September to allow the installation of a jacket for a new platform in the Gulf to feed four Single Point Moorings.
The temporary closure of the two jetties reduced the terminal’s export capacity to 800,000 bpd, half of its normal level.
The reduced capacity at the terminal through much of September was the main cause of a big drop in Iraqi crude output and exports last month.
In addition to the Basra terminal, Iraq can also export oil from the Gulf through the Khor al-Amaya terminal and from the first two SPMs, numbers 2 and 3, which are already in operation and currently handle a combined total of around 800,000 bpd of crude.
This is less than half their design capacity of 900,000 bpd each, mainly because of a lack of pressure in the pipeline feeding them.
Posted in Oil & Gas
Posted on 04 October 2013.
By Saleem al-Wazzan.
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.
Fighting for Clean Air: Locals Living Near Basra Oil Wells Move Because of Pollution
The oil wells in southern Iraq have made the areas relatively prosperous. But they also seem to be making the locals sick. Many say they’re moving out because they don’t want to breathe the poisoned air here anymore.
He’s not yet 40 years old but Lafta Abu Karrar has some very serious medical problems – in particular his respiratory tract is inflamed and his breathing is laboured. He also has what are best described as chemical hypersensitivities.
“The doctors have already told us that we need to change where we live,” Karrar’s younger brother told NIQASH during a visit to the medical clinic where Karrar was being treated. “Also, that we need to avoid places that are polluted – otherwise his life is going to be seriously endangered.”
However this is not particularly easy. Karrar was born in Shuaiba in the southern province of Basra and still lives there; he grew up here ad also worked here. His home is very near oil production and extraction facilities in Shuaiba and many locals believe it is the pollutants caused by these operations that are affecting the health of people like Karrar.
Habib al-Kaabi says he has spent a lot of money trying to cure his son, Ahmad’s breathing problems. The seven-year-old coughs all night and suffers from shortness of breath. “But the medicine we are giving him is not helping,” al-Kaabi says. “We are suffocating because of the fumes and the smoke coming out of the oil wells and we really don’t have any way of avoiding them.”
A doctor working at one the local medical clinics in Shuaiba agrees, suggesting that he knows of about 90 people who have been directly affected by pollution from oil fields.
Posted in Oil & Gas
Posted on 13 September 2013.
LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd (operating company of LUKOIL for development of the West Qurna-2 field) has completed another social project in Basra Province.
The company supplied modern medical equipment for the central hospital of Madeina municipality adjacent to the field area. The supplied medical equipment includes a blood analyzer, diagnostic equipment for ultrasonograph and cardiograph and dental appliances.
Earlier LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd supplied modern equipment for tuberculosis and cardiovascular diagnostics for the medical centers of the neighboring Ghuwair and Umm Al-Shuwaij villages. In addition, medical personnel were trained in operating modern hi-tech equipment.
A program to support healthcare facilities of Basra province will continue: three more medical centers will be equipped by the end of the year. These activities are based on cooperation agreements concluded with Madeina, Izz Al-Din Salim and Al-Qurna municipalities in December 2012.
These agreements provide for the expansion of economic relations between the company and the municipalities as well as cooperation aimed at increasing the standards and quality of living for local people and environmental protection.
Posted in Healthcare, Oil & Gas