Official delegations from Iran and Iraq held the second meeting of a joint commission for coordination on Arvand Rud, a border river flowing in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan.

The Tuesday meeting was held in Tehran within the framework of an agreement signed by the heads of the two states.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s director general for legal and international affairs and the Iraqi foreign minister’s advisor.

In the gathering, attended by the representatives of various Iranian and Iraqi ministries and organizations, the two sides discussed the general framework of the arrangements for dredging and clean-up of Arvand Rud, and agreed that the joint operational ideas would be submitted to the high-ranking officials of the two countries to be agreed upon and implemented.

Prior to the talks, the interim technical task force on dredging Arvand Rud had held a meeting, during which technical experts from the two countries held negotiations on a timetable for the operations regarding the clean-up of Arvand Rud, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.

Back in May, Iranian and Iraqi authorities signed the proceedings of a meeting that had been held to study the technical issues of dredging Arvand Rud.

Tehran and Baghdad have already signed an agreement to resolve disagreements over Arvand Rud based on the 1975 Algiers Accord, which deals with border issues and norms of good neighborliness.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

Official delegations from Iran and Iraq held the second meeting of a joint commission for coordination on Arvand Rud, a border river flowing in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan.

The Tuesday meeting was held in Tehran within the framework of an agreement signed by the heads of the two states.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s director general for legal and international affairs and the Iraqi foreign minister’s advisor.

In the gathering, attended by the representatives of various Iranian and Iraqi ministries and organizations, the two sides discussed the general framework of the arrangements for dredging and clean-up of Arvand Rud, and agreed that the joint operational ideas would be submitted to the high-ranking officials of the two countries to be agreed upon and implemented.

Prior to the talks, the interim technical task force on dredging Arvand Rud had held a meeting, during which technical experts from the two countries held negotiations on a timetable for the operations regarding the clean-up of Arvand Rud, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.

Back in May, Iranian and Iraqi authorities signed the proceedings of a meeting that had been held to study the technical issues of dredging Arvand Rud.

Tehran and Baghdad have already signed an agreement to resolve disagreements over Arvand Rud based on the 1975 Algiers Accord, which deals with border issues and norms of good neighborliness.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

After decades, Iran, Iraq ready to Dredge the Shatt al-Arab

Hope of restoring a clean water lifeline to Basra province is on the rise again with plans by the Iraqi and Iranian governments to revive the Shatt al-Arab as a source of drinking water and improve its functioning as a trade route.

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By John Lee.

The Minister of Water Resources, Dr.Hassan Janabi, has met with the Romanian Ambassador in Baghdad, Mr. Lacop Prada and the Economic Officer of the Embassy.

During the meeting, they discussed cooperation in the area of irrigation, and the possible contribution of Romanian companies in dredging the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and preparing them for navigation.

(Source: Ministry of Water Resources)

By John Lee.

The South Oil Company (SOC) has started work on extension the Khor al-Amaya [Khor Al-Omaia] oil terminal (pictured) in Basra.

Dredging operations have started with the intention of deepening of the shipping passages and anchor places for oil tankers.

A Japanese loan will also facilitate the completion of the main transport pipeline, and improvement of the pumping operations at the port.

According to a report from Reuters, the terminal has a current loading capacity of around 600,000 bpd, which will increase to 1.2 million bpd as a result of the latest work.

An SOC spokesperson told the news agency that improvements will also enable Suezmax vessels — tankers that can carry up to 1 million barrels of crude — to load at the port.

(Sources: Ministry of Oil, Reuters)

By John Lee.

Italy’s Italdraghe SpA has delivered a SGT 400 cutter suction dredger, similar to the one pictured, to the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources.

According to a report from Dredging News Online, it is the first of a series of three that the company is supplying to this particular client.

(Source: Dredging News Online)

By John Lee.

Italian dredger builder Italdraghe and its consortium partner CPN are building three dredgers for the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources.

Work is already well underway on one Italdraghe SGT 400 D (pictured) and two Italdraghe SGT 300 RB diesel cutter suction dredgers, all designed specifically for the Ministry’s river, sea and dam projects.

According to a report from Sand and Gravel, the SGT 400 D is able to dredge down to 10m, features a spud carriage, anchor booms, telescopic deck crane, Isotta Fraschini and Iveco engines, positioning and surveying system plus prodution measuring equipment.

The two self-propelled SGT 300 RB dredgers, with similar onboard equipment but with submerged dredge pumps, can work at depths of up to 25m.

Each dredger will be supplied together with 500m of floating and onshore HDPE pipeline, a training package and comprehensive set of spare parts.

The dredgers will go on to join other Italdraghe equipment already supplied to Iraq, where an Italdraghe SF250 B multi-functional dredger has already been working for over 20 years.

(Source: Sand and Gravel)

By John Lee.

Italian dredger builder Italdraghe and its consortium partner CPN are building three dredgers for the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources.

Work is already well underway on one Italdraghe SGT 400 D (pictured) and two Italdraghe SGT 300 RB diesel cutter suction dredgers, all designed specifically for the Ministry’s river, sea and dam projects.

According to a report from Sand and Gravel, the SGT 400 D is able to dredge down to 10m, features a spud carriage, anchor booms, telescopic deck crane, Isotta Fraschini and Iveco engines, positioning and surveying system plus prodution measuring equipment.

The two self-propelled SGT 300 RB dredgers, with similar onboard equipment but with submerged dredge pumps, can work at depths of up to 25m.

Each dredger will be supplied together with 500m of floating and onshore HDPE pipeline, a training package and comprehensive set of spare parts.

The dredgers will go on to join other Italdraghe equipment already supplied to Iraq, where an Italdraghe SF250 B multi-functional dredger has already been working for over 20 years.

(Source: Sand and Gravel)