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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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Video: Turkey, Iraq Locked in Water Row


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

Turkey and its neighbours, Iraq and Syria, have been in dispute over water for five decades.

Iraq and Syria accuse Turkey of using more water than it should, while Ankara says the other two countries are wasting their share.

Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught reports from Istanbul:

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New Report on Drought in Iraq


The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has announced the launch of the Analysis Report “Integrated Drought Risk Management – National Framework for Iraq” produced by UNESCO’s Iraq Office under the Drought Risk Management (DRM) Project.

During the previous months, UNESCO and UNAMI‘s Joint Analysis Unit assessed the information gathered and analyzed investigating the severity, trend and impact of drought on key sectors and societal groups, in order to support the formulation of an integrated programme to manage drought risks in Iraq.

Based on available meteorological data, the study introduced the “Standard Precipitation Index (SPI)”, as the first drought index indicator applied to Iraq. This new indicator will help experts identify drought patterns across the country, allowing them to predict and monitor future drought episodes and to classify the most vulnerable areas.

Understanding any problem is always the first step towards finding appropriate solutions“, stated the Head of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector in Iraq, Dr. Andreas H. Lück.

The data published in this report, and the SPI in particular, will help the government improve its capacity and performance in drought monitoring, formulate strategies and policies for drought preparedness, and most importantly to reduce the risks of future drought events“, added Dr. Lück, ensuring that this major step comes in a series of comprehensive response developed by UNESCO in the field of drought and water resources’ management.

Overcoming water shortage remains one of Iraq’s major challenges. Aggravated in recent years by drought and climatic variations, Iraq faces declining storage and irrigation capacities, while water scarcity has led to more arid conditions, saltier and eroding soils, and – as a consequence – to an aggravated desertification of the arable lands which dramatically affects agricultural productivity.

Through its diverse interventions in the field of water resources’ management, UNESCO’s Iraq Office is supporting the Government of Iraq in building institutional capacities in drought planning and research. It promotes the adherence to international conventions and treaties pertaining to water use, and establishes a reliable database of indicators allowing the formulation of informative policies and efficient strategies.

(Source: United Nations)

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UNESCO, EU Launch Groundwater Project


In the framework of their significant efforts towards supporting the Iraqi government in overcoming the devastating impact of water shortage, UNESCO and the European Union (EU) launched the phase II of the “Advanced Survey of Hydrogeological Resources in Iraq” (ASHRI-2), a pioneering initiative that aims to improve national capacities in the exploration and integrated management of groundwater resources, and enhance both, efficiency and effectiveness of public planning and policy making in the National Water Sector.

After several months of technical and operation consultations, UNESCO and EU representatives met with Iraqi officials in Baghdad today, October 28 2013, to announce the official launch of the diversified activities which will be implemented in the framework of this new programme.

The programme lasting for the coming 30 months, will be undertaken by UNESCO Iraq Office with the main collaboration of the Ministry of Water Resources in Baghdad, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government, in addition to other relevant line-ministries, namely the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Planning.

“We are proud that we did not stop at Phase I of this project, and that we proceed towards establishing a real, solid, and scientific base for a comprehensive management system for underwater resources in Iraq”, said Director General of the state bureau for ground water at the Ministry of Water Resources Mr. Dhafer Abdullah Hussain.

“All this would not have been possible without the stakeholders’ realistic understanding of the magnitude of the problems and challenges in this project”, he added as he praised the positive involvement of the EU and UNESCO in implementing this key initiative.

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Iraqi Entrepreneurs: Making Anwar’s Workshop Global


By Yasmine Khaled Aly, UNIDO.

Before learning about UNIDO’s Investment Promotion in Iraq (IPI) Project, Anwar Hussein – a young, ambitious and hardworking Iraqi – had a small business but few business opportunities. With IPI’s help, Anwar’s business, and life, have changed.

Like many young entrepreneurs in Thi-Qar, Anwar wanted to start a business where there was a market need. Seeing a shortage in agricultural maintenance services in the city, he started a small repair workshop of 30 square metres for agricultural machinery; with only six employees and annual revenue of USD 50,000.

A few years on, Anwar’s long working hours and diligent self-learning efforts have paid off. He has earned a good reputation for the quality and accuracy of his work.

However, as the business slowly grew, and despite his diligence and continuing hard work, he was no longer capable of managing internal problems and heavy daily operations. He simply did not possess the delegation or business management skills to handle expansion. As a result, Anwar found it difficult to generate bigger business opportunities for the workshop.

It was not until Anwar joined the business courses at the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) – a joint initiative between UNIDO’s IPI project and the Chamber of Commerce in Nassiriya – that his vision and his business started to expand. At EDC training courses in Thi-Qar, Anwar was able to hone his skills in business management, time management, customer service, marketing and finance. More importantly, he learned how to lead teams and delegate responsibilities within a larger operating business scheme. Consultants at EDC also coached him in how to get a loan and expand his enterprise.

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