Construction & Engineering In Iraq


Former Netherlands Defence Minister to head UNAMI

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the appointment of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (pictured) of the Netherlands as his Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

She will succeed Ján Kubiš of Slovakia, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his service.

Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert brings over 20 years of political and diplomatic experience, having served in several high-level government and parliamentary positions. She was Minister of Defence of the Netherlands (2012-2017), the first woman to be appointed in that role.

As Minister, she oversaw the Central Staff, Support Command, the Defence Material Organisation and the four Royal Netherlands Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force and the Military and Border Police. In this role, she had oversight of Dutch involvement in military operations in Mali, Afghanistan and Iraq, building close collaboration with the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and United Nations partners.

Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert also served as a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (2010-2012) and a member of the European Parliament (2004-2010). She worked for the European Commission in Brussels and in Riga, Latvia, and for the City of Amsterdam.

(Source: UN)

Netherlands Substantially Increases Support to Iraq

The Netherlands has contributed an additional USD 23.2 million (EUR 20 million) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives to stabilize areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings the Netherlands’ total contribution to USD 65.4 million (EUR 57 million).

Marta Ruedas, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, said:

The impact of stabilization activities is clearly visible across the country. Schools are reopening, clean water is flowing and bridges are reconnecting communities.

“Almost 70 percent of the 5.9 million people who fled during the conflict have returned home. The scale of work still left to do cannot be underestimated, however, which is why this generous contribution from The Netherlands comes at exactly the right time.”

Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, said:

“It is of the utmost importance to restore stability here and in other places destroyed by ISIS … Giving people the prospect of a brighter future is essential because their property and livelihoods lie in ruins. This includes re-establishing water and electricity supplies, schools and other basic services.”

The Minister recently visited the Old City of Mosul to assess the impact of stabilization activities in the region.

At the request of the Government of Iraq, UNDP established the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) in June 2015 to facilitate the return of displaced Iraqis, lay the groundwork for reconstruction and recovery, and safeguard against the resurgence of violence and extremism.

The Facility currently has over 2,400 projects underway in 31 liberated cities and districts, helping local authorities to quickly rehabilitate essential infrastructure. Almost 1,200 projects have now been completed, with some 95 percent of projects carried out by the local private sector employing local labour. In Mosul alone, FFS is implementing over 750 projects. With over 300 projects now completed across the city, residents have improved access to healthcare, education, electricity, and clean running water.

Since the start of the most recent conflict in 2014, almost 70% of the 5.8 million displaced Iraqis have returned to their homes. The impact of FFS has been significant in supporting people upon their return home. FFS has 26 donors that have committed over USD 800 million to stabilization efforts in Iraq.

(Source: UNDP)

IRCS distributes Food Parcels in Tikrit

The Teams of the Iraqi Red Crescent distributes more than 500 food parcels for the families who have returned to their areas in Tikrit.

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has distributed more than 500 food parcels for the families who have returned to their areas in Tikrit district.

” The teams of the IRCS have distributed 537 food parcels for the families who have returned to their home areas in Tikrit district and they are continuing to distribute for all the displaced families that have been surveyed because they are covered by food assistance”, said the IRCS relief teams official of Salahuldin center Mr. Hyder Qassim.

Qassim has added that the IRCS`s health teams have implemented health awareness and psychosocial support programs  for the displaced families who are living in the camps of Al-Shahama and Al-shuyukh orchards in Salahuddin governorate through conducting field visits and delivering awareness lectures to the displaced families in the camps, the number of the beneficiaries has reached more than 180 people.

(Source: IRCS)

IRCS distributes Food Parcels in Tikrit

The Teams of the Iraqi Red Crescent distributes more than 500 food parcels for the families who have returned to their areas in Tikrit.

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has distributed more than 500 food parcels for the families who have returned to their areas in Tikrit district.

” The teams of the IRCS have distributed 537 food parcels for the families who have returned to their home areas in Tikrit district and they are continuing to distribute for all the displaced families that have been surveyed because they are covered by food assistance”, said the IRCS relief teams official of Salahuldin center Mr. Hyder Qassim.

Qassim has added that the IRCS`s health teams have implemented health awareness and psychosocial support programs  for the displaced families who are living in the camps of Al-Shahama and Al-shuyukh orchards in Salahuddin governorate through conducting field visits and delivering awareness lectures to the displaced families in the camps, the number of the beneficiaries has reached more than 180 people.

(Source: IRCS)

New Investment Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee.

The National Investment Commission (NIC) has announced new investment opportunities in Iraq:

  1. Textile and leather plants, State Company for Textile and Leather Industries
  2. Sulfur production, Mishraq Sulfur State Company
  3. Production of ethylene and high-densite polyethylene (HDPE), State Company for Petrochemical Industries
  4. Dextrin and starch production, State Company for Food Products
  5. Al-Qadisiya Brick Factory, State Company for Construction Industries

(Source: National Investment Commission)

(Picture: Business opportunity word cloud, from ibreakstock/Shutterstock)

Altun Kupri Bridge Re-Opens

By John Lee.

The Altun Kupri (Alton Kopri) bridge linking Kirkuk and Erbil provinces has been re-opened.

According to a brief statement from the Iraqi Govt, the bridge is vital for commerce and for fostering enduring ties between communities.

The route has been closed following clashes between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces in October.

(Source: Iraqi Govt)

(Picture credit: Levi Clancy)

Caparol Paints signs Strategic Agreements in Iraq

By John Lee.

German-based Caparol Paints has reportedly signed strategic partnership agreements with a number of contractors from Iraq to increase its market reach in the country.

According to a press release, the company hosted contractors from various parts of Iraq to provide them with firsthand experience of Caparol’s paints and techniques.

This is part of Caparol’s growing interest in the region and increasing its reach across the Middle East. The contractors were given insights on various Caparol paint techniques, the strength of the brand and the paints that will be ideal for the Iraqi market.

With the aim to market Caparol across Iraq, Caparol will also participate in an industry event scheduled to be held in November. Caparol aims to showcase its products to a larger audience in Iraq.

Caparol products including Dibson, Texture and Stone were showcased to the contractors from Iraq. They were also provided training to understand the different decorative paints and uses including ArteTwin, Makhmalia, Armareno, DecoLasur, ArteLasur, Stucco Di Luce and Metallocryl interiors.

Speaking about expanding Caparol’s reach into Iraq, Mr. Mowaffaq Balish, Commercial Director Middle East at Caparol Paints, said:

It was a pleasure to host the delegation from Iraq. As we aim to increase our reach in the Middle East, Iraq has been our major focus. We aim to penetrate the market further and carve a niche for ourselves. Our growth in the UAE has helped us explore various other markets in the region and hosting the contractors has been an extremely important step in reaching out in the Iraqi market.

“At Caparol we focus on knowledge sharing and its importance for growth. Our understanding of the interiors and paint industry in the UAE and Middle East has only grown stronger over the years. Through this exercise we have also educated them on the various paints we have at Caparol and its applications. Having developed our product range in-house with an up-to-date research and development team, we believe that providing insights into the industry to our peers is a great opportunity for us.”

(Source: MenaFN)

Private Sector Development Strategy in Karbala

UNDP is helping to launch the Private Sector Development Strategy in Karbala

The Governorate of Karbala in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) organized a conference to roll out the Holly Karbala Private Sector Development Strategy (2018-2030) in Karbala province.

The Holly Karbala Private Sector Development Strategy (2018-2030) (HKPSDS) will support the diversification of the economy as one of the most important keys for the economic growth in Karbala. This new strategy will help create jobs and promote growth in the local economy.

UNDP, and the Governorate of Karbala, Provincial Council, Holy Shrines, private sector and academia, have been developing the HKPSDS for the province. Representatives of private sector companies, associations, academics, Directors of public departments, media and other UN agencies as well as officials from the local authority attended the conference.

The Governor of Karbala, Mr. Aqeel Al-Turaihi, said in his speech during the conference:

“The Private Sector Development Strategy will be a center of excellence of the private sector development among the local governorates, and Holy Karbala Government will provide full support to the implementation of this strategy”.

UNDP Deputy Country Director Mr. Gerardo Noto said:

The implementation of this strategy will contribute significantly to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In particular SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), leading to achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation.

“It will also help to achieve SDG 17 (Partnerships for Goal) to encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships”.

The HKPSDS is an adaptation to the local context of the PSDS Iraq 2014 – 2030. It is designed to address the challenges identified and to achieve the objectives set on the national level in the PSDS Iraq (2014-2030) within Karbala Province and is intended to utilize the resources and opportunities available in the province, to achieve the overarching development objectives of revitalizing and strengthening the local private sector and improve the business environment, to contribute to local economic growth, sustainable development and job creation.

As the first one of its kind to be implemented in the local governorates of Iraq, The PSDS envisages achieving, by 2030, the vision of “Developing a viable, competitive, local private sector, led by the business community that contributes to the local economy, job creation and sustainable local development in partnership between the Local Government of Karbala Governorate and the local private sector.

(Source: UNDP)

Siemens to Upgrade Shatt Al Basra Power Plant

Germany’s Siemens will upgrade one of the country’s largest gas-fired power plants.

Under a new contract, Siemens will add 650 megawatts (MW) to Shatt Al Basra Gas Power Plant, which currently has a power generation capacity of 1,250 MW and consists of non-Siemens turbines operating in simple-cycle mode.

Siemens will supply five of its highly-efficient steam turbines, ensuring the additional power supply comes at no extra fuel requirement. With this upgrade, the facility will be converted to operating in combined cycle mode and its overall efficiency will increase to more than 50 percent. Once the works are completed, the power plant will supply around one million Iraqis with reliable and clean electricity.

Siemens was awarded the contract by China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC). The developer of the project is KAR Electrical Power Production Trading FZE (KEPPT).

Earlier this year, Siemens was contracted to supply two of its robust SST-5000 steam turbines to a similar project in Rumaila in Iraq, making it the first large-scale open cycle conversion project in the country. The upgrade works for both the Rumaila and the Shatt Al Basra power plants are scheduled for completion by 2020.

Jean-Claude Nasr (pictured), Senior Executive Vice President, Power Generation at Siemens in the Middle East, said:

“Iraq is rebuilding its power infrastructure and we are eager to support the country’s future aspirations. A reliable and efficient power supply is the backbone of a prosperous economy and today’s announcement underscores an important step towards realizing Iraq’s aspirations towards building a robust power system and a sustainable economy for its people.”

Siemens recently received an order to modernize the Rumaila gas-fired power plant in Iraq, adding 700 MW to the plant. The scope of supply includes two SST-5000 steam turbines.

From energy supply and industry to financing and training, Siemens outlined its roadmap and commitment to supporting the development of Iraq in February at the Iraq reconstruction conference held in Kuwait.

The roadmap identified the country’s short, mid and long-term development needs. It focused on key areas including energy management, resource efficiency, education, anti-corruption and financing. It detailed how Siemens can support the country’s transformation. Siemens envisions 40 million Iraqis living in vibrant cities, powered by reliable and efficient energy; a strong industrial sector and sustainable economic development, led by world-class, home-grown talent.

(Source: Siemens)