Agility has opened a state-of the-art training facility, known as the Center of Excellence, at the Rumaila Energy Park in southern Iraq.

In partnership with Strategic Analytics Team (SAT), the Center of Excellence offers training courses for the local workforce in the oil and gas industry, led by internationally accredited trainers.

Training covers a wide variety of topics, including health and safety, lifting and hoisting, defensive driving and logistics solutions. With SAT’s expertise in the field of operational logistics, courses will meet international oil and gas industry standards and focus on developing accredited local content, while enhancing the capabilities of Iraq-based contractors.

The Rumaila Energy Park is a one million-square meter, fully serviced industrial park developed by Agility Real Estate to provide a one-stop-shop for companies operating in southern Iraq. The park includes warehouse facilities, workshops, lay-down yards and offices. It is strategically close to the region’s major oil and gas subcontractors.

The inauguration was attended by representatives from oil and gas companies and academic institutions, as well as Iraqi government officials.

Colin Hindley, CEO, Agility Iraq, said:

“The Center of Excellence is part of Agility’s ongoing commitment to building Iraq’s infrastructure and human capital. We are strongly committed to building local capacity in our areas of operations, and this new center is part of this strategy.”

Paul Jorgensen, Senior Partner, Strategic Analytics Team, said:

Our partnership with Agility makes the Center of Excellence the first of its type in the Gulf region. At SAT, we take pride in our knowledge and skills in the logistics business, and we are in a unique position to impart the same to aspiring professionals seeking further development.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for both SAT and Agility. With a fully developed culture of learning in an open environment that enables access to the latest information and technological innovations, we want the Center of Excellence to become the go-to resource for both logistics companies and students.”

Agility Iraq has offices in Basra, Baghdad, and Erbil, serving international airports and the ports of Umm Qasr and Khor Al Zubair.

Agility’s operations include freight forwarding (air, ocean, road), cross-border trucking, customs clearance, project logistics, open yard/warehousing distribution, approved HSSE training and route surveys. All of Agility’s operations in Iraq are ISO 9001, ISO 14000, OHSAS 18001-certified.

(Source: Agility)

Agility Public Warehousing Co. KSC (Agility), a Kuwaiti company, has agreed to globally resolve criminal, civil, and administrative cases arising from allegations that Agility overcharged the United States when performing contracts with the Department of Defense (DOD) to supply food for U.S. troops from 2003 through 2010.

As part of the global resolution, Agility has agreed to pay $95 million to resolve civil fraud claims, to forego administrative claims against the United States seeking $249 million in additional payments under its military food contracts, and to plead guilty to a criminal misdemeanor offense for theft of government funds.

DOD’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will also release a claim of $27.9 million against Agility and lift its suspension of Agility, as the company has been suspended from federal government contracting for the last seven years after being indicted. An administrative agreement entered between DLA and Agility requires oversight of an Agility entity by an independent corporate monitor and the maintenance of an ethics and compliance program with a number of detailed requirements.

“Today’s global resolution represents a fair and just outcome of criminal, civil, and administrative cases that have been pending since 2009,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn. “Agility has admitted to criminal conduct, has given up claims it valued at up to $249 million, and must pay $95 million to the government. The agreements require Agility to take responsibility for its criminal wrongdoing and take affirmative steps to prevent it from engaging in this conduct again, and the government recovers significant funds that were alleged to have been wrongly paid.”

“The Department of Justice will hold accountable contractors that seek to profit unfairly at the expense of U.S. troops and taxpayers,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda for the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Those who expect to do business with the government must do so fairly and honestly, abiding by the contract terms to which they agreed.”

By John Lee.

Restrata, a global player in consultancy and training services, has reportedly partnered with UAE-based logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP).

British-owned and UAE-headquartered, Restrata was created with the mission to build client resilience and optimize operations through effective management of safety and security risks.

The new training centre will offer a wide range of courses related to health and safety, and industry operations.

(Source: ArabianIndustry.com)

By John Lee.

Agility’s GCC Services subsidiary in Basra has received the ISO 9001 certification, making it the first integrated remote site services company in the city to receive the certification.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation certificate was given following a site audit conducted by Bureau Veritas.

TradeArabia reports that the Iraq unit serves small and large scale projects and currently operates 33 hard structures, 28 camps and 22 warehouses in remote and high-risk areas of the country. The company has also constructed 17 temporary dining facilities, including the largest in Iraq, with over 10,000 meals served every day.

Rashad Sinokrot, CEO of GCC Services, said:

With the security situation being what it has been over the past few years, it is no small feat to receive the ISO 9001 certification in Iraq.

“This independent verification underlines the technical and management capabilities of the company and is a reassurance to our customers that their needs are being looked after by the best team in Iraq.”

(Source: TradeArabia)

By John Lee.

Agility’s GCC Services subsidiary in Basra has received the ISO 9001 certification, making it the first integrated remote site services company in the city to receive the certification.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation certificate was given following a site audit conducted by Bureau Veritas.

TradeArabia reports that the Iraq unit serves small and large scale projects and currently operates 33 hard structures, 28 camps and 22 warehouses in remote and high-risk areas of the country. The company has also constructed 17 temporary dining facilities, including the largest in Iraq, with over 10,000 meals served every day.

Rashad Sinokrot, CEO of GCC Services, said:

With the security situation being what it has been over the past few years, it is no small feat to receive the ISO 9001 certification in Iraq.

“This independent verification underlines the technical and management capabilities of the company and is a reassurance to our customers that their needs are being looked after by the best team in Iraq.”

(Source: TradeArabia)

By John Lee.

Agility’s GCC Services subsidiary in Basra has received the ISO 9001 certification, making it the first integrated remote site services company in the city to receive the certification.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation certificate was given following a site audit conducted by Bureau Veritas.

TradeArabia reports that the Iraq unit serves small and large scale projects and currently operates 33 hard structures, 28 camps and 22 warehouses in remote and high-risk areas of the country. The company has also constructed 17 temporary dining facilities, including the largest in Iraq, with over 10,000 meals served every day.

Rashad Sinokrot, CEO of GCC Services, said:

With the security situation being what it has been over the past few years, it is no small feat to receive the ISO 9001 certification in Iraq.

“This independent verification underlines the technical and management capabilities of the company and is a reassurance to our customers that their needs are being looked after by the best team in Iraq.”

(Source: TradeArabia)