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Iraq Develops East Baghdad Oilfield

Production at the East Baghdad oilfield has reached 10,000 barrels per day, according to Aswat al-Iraq.

“The East Baghdad oilfield is the biggest in Iraq and Iraqi and Jordanian companies are drilling wells in it,” Essam Jihad told the news agency.

“The ministry has mapped out a plan to develop it and signed a contract with an Iraqi drilling company to drill six wells, in addition to signing another deal with a Jordanian company to drill seven more wells.”

With over eight billion barrels of extractable oil, East Baghdad is considered to be a ‘super-giant’ oil field. Discovered in 1976, it is 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) wide and 64 kilometres (40 miles) long, and lies partly under the Shiite district of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad.

Since it lies in a densely populated area, the work is proceeding more slowly than in the desert regions of southern Iraq.

There were no bid to develop the field when it was offered in the second oil licensing round.

(Sources: Aswat al-Iraq, Malta Today)

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Three Stadiums to Be Built in Baghdad

Three sports stadiums are set to be built in Baghdad under plans announced by Kamel Braihi, the director of the engineering and technical department in Iraq’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, reports AKnews.

He said the three stadiums, to be built to international standards, will be constructed in Sadr City, Rusafa and Tajiyyat.

The contract for the stadium in Sadr City (pictured) has been awarded to the Turkish company Nurol. The 30,000 seat venue will be completed in two and a half years at a cost of 116bn IQD ($99.5m).

The 30,000 seat Rusafa stadium will be built by the Spanish company Tri Arena in approximately one year and eight months at a cost of 114bn IQD ($98m).

The stadium in Tajiyyat will accommodate 60,000 spectators, and will be built by Iranian company Baland Baya in roughly two and a half years at a cost of 227bn IQD ($195m).

(Source: AKnews)

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Iranian Company Fails to Complete Power Plant

Iraq’s Electricity Ministry has criticized the Iranian company Sanir [Sunir] for its alleged failure to complete the construction of the Sadr gas power plant in Baghdad, reports AKnews.

Ministry spokesman Musab al-Mudarres said that the complex still does not have distribution centers, control centers, management chambers and housing facilities.

“The Electricity Ministry did not fail to pay Sanir, so the company is responsible for the completion of the Sadr gas station,” Mudarres said.

According to the Electricity Ministry, it allegedly opened the Sadr gas plant last April with an expected capacity of 320 MW and for $220 million USD (258 billion IQD). Somehow, Sanir still had to complete the plant after its opening.

(Source: AKnews)

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Weekly Security Update for 19th October 2011

At least 76 people were killed and 184 injured in nationwide attacks in Iraq last week. This is a rise from the previous week and largely attributable to a series of attacks in Baghdad. A series of bombing and suicide attacks targeting the police in the capital left numerous people dead on 12 October. The energy sector should also note that Basrah province has seen a rise in attacks on local pipeline infrastructure. Meanwhile in neighbouring Turkey, a series of attacks against the police and military by suspected Kurdish terrorists may spark a rise in retaliatory attacks against suspected rebel hideouts in the mountains of Kurdistan.



The past 48 hours have seen several terrorist attacks against the Turkish police and military in Hakkari and Bitlis provinces, leaving 26 troops and police officers dead and several more injured. This is the most severe in a series of recent attacks on security forces in the south east of Turkey and Ankara will likely respond with counter-insurgency operations and cross-border raids into the Qandil Mountains of northern Iraq, although the majority of individuals and business interests in the Kurdish region will remain unaffected.

Weekly Attacks in Iraq - the last 6 months



There was a spike of incidents in the town of Shirqat in northern Salah ad-Din province last week, and personnel are advised to exercise caution if operating or travelling through the area. Otherwise, violence was concentrated in Ba’qubah and eastern Anbar province, as well as in the capital Baghdad. Levels of violence rose in Baghdad over the past week and it was by far the most hostile part of the country, accounting for 40 per cent of all violent incidents. A total, some 53 people (not including militants or terrorists) were killed in attacks last week, which is very high when compared to the usual figure range of 10 to 30 and the worst figure recorded since late January when an attack on a Shi’ah funeral in Shu’lah district left at least 51 people dead and 121 injured. The latest attacks were mainly directed against the police, but the normally quiet Shi’ah district of Sadr city was also targeted in a double bombing on 13 October.



Indirect fire (rockets and mortars) left three US soldiers injured in an attack on Butayrah airbase in Maysan province last week. Attacks against US interests may increase over the coming three months as militants attempt to discredit and pressure Washington ahead of the end of year Status of Forces Agreement withdrawal deadline.


In addition to the Butarah attack the south of Iraq saw a series of incidents last week, which is unusual for the normally quiet region. On 10 October six people were killed during a de-mining accident at the Rumaila field in Basrah province. Also on 10 October open sources reported that three explosive devices were defused underneath oil pipelines in Basrah province on Monday night. Security conditions remain better in the southern provinces than the central region but this will have been the second attack on pipelines in the area in a week. Oil and gas companies are advised to review their security measures accordingly.


John Drake is a senior risk consultant with AKE, a British private security firm working in Iraq since 2003. You can access AKE’s intelligence website Global Intake here, and you can obtain a free trial of AKE’s Iraq intelligence reports here.





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Broadway Malyan Completes Masterplan for $10bn Sadr City

International architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has delivered the concept masterplan for the ‘10×10’ project in Iraq, involving a 17km² extension of Sadr City, Baghdad, and the creation of New Sadr City.

The practice’s masterplan is a major milestone in the realisation of the project, named 10×10 because of its predicted $10 billion dollar value and ten-year delivery timeframe and, as one of the largest in Iraq, is central to reconstruction in the country.

Director John Turner said: “The completion of the concept masterplan is a major milestone in the creation of a sustainable community with a strong identity for over 500,000 inhabitants and which will ease overcrowding in Sadr City, with successful delivery having depended on long-term and close partnering with the client, and the world-class skills, expertise and experience of our diverse team of international masterplanning experts.”

The practice’s team has worked closely with client the Mayoralty of Baghdad to deliver a concept masterplan, together with implementation tender documentation and detailed sector masterplans, as well as training in the UK for members of the client’s team.

The practice secured the appointment through an open competition which began in 2009 and, following the submission of a proposal in association with DATA Consultants, the practices were confirmed the preferred bidders in late 2009, with design work starting in April 2010.

The client has invited design and build tenders, and is currently assessing submissions, with the practice looking to secure further appointments to support the realisation of the project.

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Weekly Security Update for 25th May 2011


Levels of violence rose considerably in Iraq last week, making it the worst week so far this year. A spate of bombings in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk left dozens of people dead and injured. The police and military suffered the majority of attacks, but Iraqi oil workers, US soldiers and even three European civilian contractors were amongst the casualties.


Mosul and Kirkuk saw a notable increase in attacks last week. The number of religious and ethnically motivated attacks on civilians continues to gradually rise, particularly in Kirkuk, while in both cities the police and Iraqi army remain targeted in bomb and shooting attacks on a daily basis. On 17 May a roadside bomb severely injured two employees of the state-owned North Oil Company southwest of Kirkuk, indicative that the energy sector remains at risk of specific targeting. A previously abducted Iraqi national was also found dead, indicative that kidnap for ransom remains a relevant and potentially fatal concern in the northern provinces. More positively, conditions have been very quiet in Kurdistan, with a fall in the number of demonstrations in city centres such as Sulaymaniyah over recent weeks.



There were clusters of violence around Tikrit, Fallujah and Abu Ghraib last week, but almost half of all the violent incidents recorded countrywide occurred in the capital. Conditions in Baghdad have been gradually worsening over recent months, and last week saw a spate of bombings and targeted shootings across the city. The majority of incidents were clustered in the south western Rashid area, encompassing districts such as Bayaa, Saydiyah and Ummal. Down town areas on the west bank of the river Tigris also saw a spate of incidents and even Sadr City saw a number of bombings. On 16 May a roadside bomb injured three Norwegians and two Iraqi government employees when it exploded near their vehicle in New Baghdad district. Several of the other explosive attacks involved sticky bombs, with further analysis on such attacks contained here. Many of the attacks took place on Sunday in what appeared to be a co-ordinated effort by radical Islamist groups. On the same day an attack by a suicide bomber that was likely linked to the Baghdad bombings left at least 11 Iraqi soldiers dead in the Taji area north of the capital. These attacks may be claimed as vengeance for the killing of Osama bin Laden, but in reality they fit the already existing pattern of co-ordinated attacks still carried out on a regular basis in the country. Claim or no claim, they were likely being planned prior to his death.



Southern Iraq remains much quieter than the rest of the country, but attacks continue to take place nonetheless. Last week saw a spate of mortar attacks around Basra International Airport, a not altogether new phenomenon, but a reminder of the fact that even well defended facilities are not immune from violence. The border crossing point into Iran at Shalamjah also came under mortar fire, although no-one was hurt during either of the incidents. In general the number of casualties from these types of attack remains very low, and mortar attacks are far less frequent than they were several years ago. Still, however, travellers to Iraq need to undergo suitable health and safety training. Once in the country, be prepared to take cover at short notice, familiarise yourself with emergency procedures and know where your nearest fire exits, shelters, medical kits and trained personnel are.


John Drake is a senior risk consultant with AKE Group, a British private security firm working in Iraq from before 2003. Further details on the company can be found here while AKE’s intelligence and political risk website Global IntAKE can be accessed here.

You can obtain a free trial of AKE’s intelligence reports here.

You can also follow John Drake on twitter.


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Sadr City Reconstruction to Employ 100,000

A major project for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of west Baghdad’s al-Sadr City will employ between 75,000 and 100,000 people during its implementation period, and another 50,000, Baghdad’s Mayor, Sabir al-Issawi said on Wednesday.

According to the report from Aswat al-Iraq news agency, Issawi stressed that the project would comprise the construction of several multi-storey buildings, along with social, environment, and administration facilities, as well as hospitals, a university, schools, kindergartens, stadiums, sport and trade centers.

“The project, in its first phase, comprising the construction of 82,000 housing units, shall be implemented by an international company on an 18 square kilometer area east of al-Sadr city, which will be implemented by the High Committee for the Main Design of Baghdad city,” he concluded.

The project is valued at $11.3bn, and will be carried out by six Turkish contractors, includung Kur Insaat, Kazova Insaat, Iskaya AS and Kocoglu Insaat.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq, Hurriyet Daily News, Bloomberg)

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Turks Win $11.3 Billion Sadr City Project

We reported last week on the multi-billion dollar tender process to re-build Sadr City in Baghdad; we can now report that the contract has been won by a consortium of Turkish companies.

The project involves the construction of a modern city of 75,000 housing units to accommodate up to 600,000 people, and the group offered to complete the massive project at a cost of $11.3 billion [13.2 trillion Iraqi dinars], according to Hurriyet Daily News.

The project will be finished in nearly four years. The Turkish consortium competed against four key bidders, although more than 50 groups had applied. The project will be funded by the Iraq central government.

Six Turkish contractors, includung Kur Insaat, Kazova Insaat, Iskaya AS and Kocoglu Insaat, formed a consortium in which they all have equal shares.

The project not only involve construction of houses, but also requires building of social facilities such as mosques and schools.

It took the Turkish consortium three months to prepare the bid offer.

It is understood that Arkanayd from Iran offered to build it for $11.5 billion, the Thailand-Iraqi partnership (MTV-Mivan) offered $14.3 billion, and the Dasht Shayan Tosee and Kaysun partnership from Iran said it would build the projects for $17.9 billion.

According to the feasibility figures, some 22,000 people will work in the construction, 7,000 of which are construction and technical workers. Some $7 billion or $8 billion is predicted for expenditures like construction materials, cement, machinery and equipment.

The consortium will work with many subcontractors on electric systems, logistics, cement plants, tunnel doors and various construction machines. Therefore, many other companies will work on the project.

(Sources: Hurriyet Daily News, Bloomberg)

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