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New JV Provides Consultancy to Babil Governorate

New JV Provides Consultancy to Babil Governorate

By John Lee.

Mantid International has formed a joint venture with architecture and engineering consulting firms Laceco and Allen & Shariff Consortio International to provide full service consulting services to the Governorate of Babil.

The MLA joint venture was awarded the contract for $10.6 million, renewable for four years. The team will be responsible for implementation and oversight of the 2014 investment plan for the province, as well as developing the strategic plan for 2015-2020.

Training for Babil Governorate personnel in a wide array of specialties—from contracting to professional mentoring —will also be conducted.

Ginger Cruz, CEO of Mantid International, commented:

Mantid and our partners Laceco and Allen & Shariff Consortio International, are inspired by the vision of Governor Sadiq Madlol al Sultani and his desire to advance development for the people of Babil Province …

“Together, we hope to create an environment that will attract business and investors, both local and international, to begin rebuilding the province so that its two million residents and future generations will enjoy a better quality of life.

LACECO, a multi-disciplinary Beirut, Lebanon-based A&E consulting services firm will spearhead the technical program, deploying teams overseeing master planning and engineering services.

Allen & Shariff Consortio International will bring significant resources to the project including supporting contracting program development, training in the United States, and program quality assurance.

(Source: Mantid International)

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City Master Planning in Iraq

City Master Planning in Iraq

By John Lee.

The Guardian has recently run a feature on Garsdale Design, a family business based in Yorkshire, England, who have been working on projects in Iraq since 2007.

The business is led by father and son team Eliot and Derrick, who have used cutting edge 3d modelling software to make plans for cities in southern Iraq, including Kut, Nasiriyah and Kufa.

The company mostly work remotely, but have also worked with a number of Iraqis over the years to transfer concepts such as “smart cities” to Iraq and ensure the continuation of planning when the company move on to other projects.

It is this close relationship with Iraqis that the company has built up that has given Eliot Hartley confidence in Iraq’s future. Hartley concluded the interview by noting,

“Especially now that a new government is being formed, our principal contacts believe that Iraq will stay together.Iraq has such a capacity to be a great nation and I hope the people I have met can be supported to achieve that.”

(Source: The Guardian)

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Vital Infrastructure Falls to Militants

Vital Infrastructure Falls to Militants

By Patrick M Schmidt.

Despite relative success in stemming the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, Kurdish security forces faced their first major defeat on Thursday.

Sources report that Kurdish security forces have been forced to withdraw and that the vital Mosul Dam now lays under control of the extremists. The dam poses a safety risk to those Iraqis living in the flood plain, but also represents a means of income for ISIL.

The dam was also a focus point for almost $30 million USD during the American occupation. ISIL continues to fight for control of Iraq’s second largest dam, Haditha Dam, in Anbar province.

Kurdish forces had previously been successful in preventing the advance of ISIL militants. Kurdish security forces are not equipped to deal with ISIL militants, who are believed to be using captured American-grade military equipment that was left behind by Iraqi security forces.

(Source: New York Times)

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METKA Wins Shatt Al Basra Contract

METKA Wins Shatt Al Basra Contract

By Patrick M Schmidt.

METKA, a Greek engineering and contracting firm, has won a $165 million (192 billion Iraqi dinars) contract to work on the Shatt Al Basra Power Plant.

The contract allows for the company to oversee the process of making the plant fit to burn heavy fuel oil for electrical generation.

The project will be executed over the next year for the Ministry of Electricity.

METKA is already installing a 1,250MW gas-powered turbine in Basra on a separate contract.

(Source: Metka)

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Security Council Extends UNAMI Mandate

Security Council Extends UNAMI Mandate

By John Lee.

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved resolutions extending the United Nations missions in Iraq and Cyprus, recognizing the vital role they continue to play in the maintenance of peace and security.

The Council extended the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) until 31 July 2015.

In doing so, the 15-member body called on all political entities to overcome divisions and work together in an inclusive and timely political process aimed at strengthening Iraq’s national unity.

Recently, the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken control of more than a third of the Iraq’s territory after unleashing a wave of attacks that has taken thousands of lives and displaced more than 1.2 million people.

Last week, Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMI, called on the Council to demand that the Islamist forces cease all hostilities and to ensure that those responsible for horrific terrorist acts are held to account.

Speaking via video-teleconference from Baghdad, Mr. Mladenov said that ISIL aimed to establish a permanent foothold beyond the control of authorities through terror and violence. The Islamist forces seek to radicalize people and undermine the Government by exploiting legitimate grievances and manipulating divisions within society.

(Source: United Nations News Centre)

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KRG Considers Building Ifraz Station-4

KRG Considers Building Ifraz Station-4

The General Directorate of Water and Sewage in the Kurdistan Region is considering the implementation of the Ifraz Station-4 project, with a capacity of 25000 cubic meters per hour, due to the increase in the demand for drinking water in the capital, Erbil.

The General Directorate of Water and Sewage last year started to implement the remaining section of the Ifraz Plant-3 project, which provides drinking water to the city of Erbil, in order to reduce the pressure on the other stations.

In a statement to the Director General of Water and Sewage in the Kurdistan Region, Sahand Sirwan Ahmad, said that the increase in the demand for consuming drinking water “has pushed the water-producing stations in the Kurdistan Region to work 24 hours a day, where they work at maximum capacity without any rotation during the summer season. This has led to increased pressure on all the stations. This is why completing the remaining 40 percent of the Ifraz Station-3 was necessary.”

This remaining part of the project is being funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a long-term loan. It is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The purpose of the Ifraz Station-4 project is to respond to the possible increase in demand for drinking water in the event that the Ifraz Station-3 can not meet the demand due to the city of Erbil’s projected rise in population. It is expected that the cost of building the Ifraz Station-4 will reach close to $600 million.

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Erbil to Haji Omaran Road Slashes Driving Time

Erbil to Haji Omaran Road Slashes Driving Time

The KRG’s Ministry of Housing and Reconstruction is currently building a dual carriageway connecting Erbil to Haji Omaran.

Parts of the road, which include tunnels and bridges, do not pass through the old path known as Hamilton Road.

After the project is completed, the road between Erbil and Haji Omaran will become a dual carriageway. The majority of the project is currently being implemented, including the construction of the Pirmam road and tunnel, the Korey dual carriageway, roadwork in Shaqlawa and Mama Jalka, construction of the Bani Harir tunnel, and the stretch of the dual carriageway from Choman to Haji Omaran.

The project comprises two main sections. The first section includes the construction of the Pirmam road and tunnel, with a total length of 8.822 kilometers. The length of the tunnel is 2.450 km and the length of the road is 6.432 km. The road and tunnel system is 72% completed, and is expected to be open to the public by the middle of 2015.

The first section also includes the expansion of the 21.320 km Korey – Shaqlawa – Mama Jalka road, which requires the construction of two tunnels, 935 and 380 meters long. Approximately 82% of this road and tunnel system has been completed; it is also expected to be finished by the middle of 2015.

Finally, the first section includes the construction of the Bani Harir tunnel system, with a total length of 4.415 km. The tunnel itself is 3.565 km, and the road is 850 meters long. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Erbil to Haji Omaran dual carriageway 2The second section of the project consists of the construction of the 16.685 km dual carriageway connecting Choman to Haji Omaran, to be completed by the end of 2017.

Along with lessening the time required for travel and reducing the number of traffic accidents, the construction of Erbil-Haji Omaran road is expected to boost the Region’s trade relations with regional and neighboring countries because of its strategic location. It will also connect villages, towns, and areas near the highway with the Kurdistan Region’s major cities.

Archibald Hamilton, an engineer from New Zealand, built the old strategic road in the late 1920s in order to link Erbil to Haji Omaran. He has recalled his work in the book Road through Kurdistan: The Narrative of an Engineer in Iraq, published in London in 1937.

In terms of developing other road networks in Kurdistan, the Ministry has completed the design and preparation of the dual carriageway road and tunnel between Mama Jalka and Choman, with a length of 62.685 km. This length includes 15.540 km of tunnel and 47.145 km of road. This will be implemented through phases according to the Ministry’s annual budget.

(Source: KRG)

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Keeping the Lights on in Baghdad: An Interview with Harry Istepanian

Keeping the Lights on in Baghdad: An Interview with Harry Istepanian

By Bob Tollast.

This article constitutes an introduction on the recent history of Iraq’s electricity sector followed by a Q and A with Mr. Istepanian.

As Iraq endures the most serious terrorist offensive since 2004, what is certain is that this year a separate fight will continue to improve services, also crucial to the legitimacy of the government.

Iraq’s electricity sector today has overcome many challenges since it’s heyday before the onset of hostilities at the start of the 1991 Gulf War.

But the mountain is only half climbed, because although the spring 2014 saw almost 24 hour electricity in parts of the country for the first time since Operation Desert Storm, the situation is tenuous. With the arrival of summer and its associated need for full blast air conditioning, demand will surge again and we could soon be seeing the power outages Iraqis have become too familiar with.

A casualty of war

Twenty three years ago, as coalition aircraft massed in the Gulf to attack Saddam’s power base in Iraq, the country was producing more than enough electricity, over 9000 MW. This development arose from Saddam’s spending sprees of the 1970s and 80s where the nationalised oil industry produced a windfall of petrodollars, which the Ba’ath Party was keen to spend on infrastructure. The good times soon ground to a halt however, with the immense expenditure incurred by Iraq’s war effort against Iran. Nonetheless, the lights stayed on until the electricity infrastructure was targeted as a part of the coalition air campaign to cripple Saddam’s million strong armed forces.

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