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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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Video: ISIS claims Mosul Dam


From CNN. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

ISIS has taken control of Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam, which provides power to Mosul.

CNN’s Nic Robertson reports:

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Water and Wheat: ISIS Weapons?


By John Schnittker, Chief Economist at Schnittker Associates, and former Ministry Advisor at the US Embassy in Baghdad.

With much of Iraq’s wheat production coming from Northern Iraq and nearly all of Iraq’s water resources flowing through areas under ISIS control, Iraq’s food security may be facing a severe threat.

Iraq has about two thirds of this year’s wheat crop harvested, but this will not be adequate without additional imports, aside from the questions and logistical problems that are implicit given the current security and political crisis.

When and if the wheat harvest is completed in coming weeks across northern Iraq, around half of Iraq wheat crop will be in areas now under ISIS control. The remainder of the wheat crop will be stored in Ministry of Trade sites across southern Iraq. Iraq’s wheat production is blended with imported wheat, milled into flour and distributed as part of Iraq’s food ration or Public Distribution System.

Security concerns will likely severely impact the movement of wheat from storage sites to flour mills and ultimately to Iraq’s Public Distribution System (PDS) recipients. Regrettably those most in need of the PDS ration will be most affected. Imported wheat, used for blending with Iraqi wheat to improve both quality and appearance will also be affected, as it seems unlikely that the Ministry of Trade will be able to continue trucking shipments under current conditions into areas north and west of Baghdad. The potential exist that Iraqi citizens dependent upon the PDS across northern Iraq will face disruptions unless current situation is resolved.

The Euphrates and Tigris rivers enter Iraq in Anbar and Ninewa provinces respectively. Both of these provinces are under ISIS control. Dams on both rivers create the circumstances where the release of water can be severely cut back of cut off. It is also the case that water from both rivers can be diverted and stored before it reaches the major cities of Central and Southern Iraq.

Summer irrigation requirement s across Iraq are very high and could be disrupted. Drinking water will take priority over irrigation if water supplies are affected. Summer rice and vegetable crops stand the highest chance of facing irrigation water restrictions.

Water and wheat are the lifeblood of Iraq, ISIS control of the major rivers and dams and much of this season wheat crop has the potential to better define what currently is at stake.

Mr. Schnittker can be contacted at [email protected] 

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UN Concerned at ‘Deliberate Flooding’ in Abu Ghraib


By John Lee.

Nickolay Mladenov (pictured), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, visited the area of Abu Ghraib on Wednesday and spoke out against what he called the deliberate flooding of the area. Floods in Abu Ghraib have caused the displacement of more than 12,000 families and submerged hundreds of houses, including at least four schools.

Mr. Mladenov also reiterated the UN’s readiness to continue working with the Ministry of Displacement and Migration and the local authorities to address the urgent humanitarian needs in Abu Ghraib, notably access to safe drinking water.

Mr. Mladenov called on the Government, the Iraqi Security Forces, local authorities and tribal leaders to work jointly and quickly to restore legitimate control over the flow of the river Euphrates. He said that those who are now in control of the barrage in Fallujah should understand the consequences of their actions on the lives of tens of thousands of Iraqis.

Asked about the use of water to flood neighbourhoods, the Spokesman pointed to the need to restore the legitimate control of the river.

(Source: UN)

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Militants Close Euphrates River Dam


By John Lee.

Militants have reportedly closed the Euphrates River dam they control in Iraq, cutting off a major source of water for central and southern Iraq.

AFP reports that militants had previously cut the flow of water through the dam near the city of Fallujah several weeks ago, but reopened it when water accumulated and caused the area to flood.

The US embassy issued a statement Monday condemning “ongoing terrorist acts” by powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and the dam closure in particular.

(Source: AFP)

(Terrorism image via Shutterstock)

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Tadano Delivers Seven Cranes


Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources has taken delivery of seven 55-tonne GT-550E-2 truck cranes from the Japanese company Tadano, via its distributor, United Iraqi Trading Equipment (UITECO).

Manufactured by Tadano’s Beijing manufacturing joint venture BQ-Tadano, the four axle GT-550 features a five section 42 metre boom plus a 8.8 to 15.2 metres bi-fold swingaway that takes maximum tip height to 56 metres. Capacity on the fully extended main boom is eight tonne and it can handle 500kg at a radius of 38.1 metres.

The cranes have been purchased for various departments within Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources with three being sent to the General Commission for Operation of Irrigation & Drainage, two to the General Commission for Groundwater, one to the State Commission for Dams & Reservoirs and the final one to the Department of General Estuary.

(Sources: Vertikal, Tadano)

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Veolia wins $115m Desalination Contract


The Iraqi Ministry for Municipalities and Public Works has chosen Veolia to build and operate for five years a desalination plant in Basra, Iraq. For Veolia, this contract represents cumulated sales of $115 million.

Limited water resources and conflict over its use have made water a crucial resource for Iraq’s development, especially in the country’s south. Water in this part of Iraq is mainly sourced from the Euphrates, which has a high salt content, and water from the Persian Gulf.

Under this new contract, won in partnership with Japanese conglomerate Hitachi and Egyptian engineering firm ArabCo, Veolia will build and operate a desalination plant with an ultrafiltration unit and reverse osmosis membranes.

It will produce 200,000 cubic meters of drinking water a day. The technology used will reduce the salt content in the drinking water producedfor Basra’s population of 2.3 million people. Additionally, in a country with a chronic shortage of electricity, this desalination plant will be completely autonomous as it will have its own electricity generators to guarantee continuous service.

Construction work on the plant is due to commence in the first quarter of 2014 and should be completed within 30 months. This contract will also create 300 jobs for the construction of the desalination units, provided by ArabCo, and 50 jobs for the facility’s operation for five years.

Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia Environnement, said:

This new contract that we have won in Iraq is further proof of Veolia’s ability to deliver concrete and reliable solutions to the scarcity of water resources and the challenges facing large cities, especially in countries where water is crucial to economic development … I am delighted that Veolia has been chosen by the Iraqi authorities to support the modernization of Basra, and that the company is able to provide a solution to the challenges confronted by this city, a leading center for the oil and gas industry.

As part of its reconstruction, Iraq has launched several national plans aimed at modernizing basic services, such as water, wastewater, waste treatment and energy, in order to support its economic growth. With the country’s sole access to the sea, Basra is the subject of special attention from the Iraqi government, which is modernizing this port city to speed up its economic growth.

Jean-Michel Herrewyn, Director, Global Enterprises, Veolia Environnement, explained:

This plant is part of a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate and extend the city’s water treatment plants. The innovative technology and solutions we are providing Basra will enable it to improve its citizens’ access to quality drinking water while protecting its resources.”

(Source: Veolia)

(Picture: Veolia Water, at Basra Oil and Gas exhibition)

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NESPAK Reopens Office in Iraq


By John Lee.

National Engineering Services of Pakistan (NESPAK) has set up an office in Iraq, reports The News.

Managing Director Amjad A Khan said that the company has set up its office in Baghdad to deal with the East Gharraf [Gharaf] project awarded by the Ministry of Water Resources.

The project marks the restart of NESPAK operations in Iraq after 23 years, and is aimed at providing sustainable irrigation and drainage facilities to around 390,000 acres of land in Nassiriya and Kut Governorates, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

NESPAK will provide topographic survey and detailed design services for irrigation and drainage networks. The duration of the project is 25 months.

(Source: thenews.com.pk)

(Picture: NESPAK Head Office in Lahore, Pakistan)

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