The Cabinet held its weekly meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

The Cabinet discussed the needs of Iraq’s health sector, and agreed several measures to expand existing capacity and introduce new services. The measures included:

  • Adding additional ward capacity for the treatment of cancer patients at the National Amal Hospital and the National Cancer Centre
  • Establishing general nuclear medicine centres in Anbar, Basra, Babylon, Najaf and Nineveh provinces

The Cabinet discussed other policies and agreed to:

  • Make a one-off payment in the sum of 75,000 dinars to citizens who receive social security benefits on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha
  • Cancel the outstanding debt due from 17,552 families who receive social security support
  • Appoint graduates of medical colleges to positions in the health sector
  • Refer Al-Khairat Power Station Project to the consortium led by Hyundai. This important project will contribute to increased power generation and support the operation of the Karbala Refinery Project
  • Approve a recommendation from the Ministerial Council on Energy in relation to the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) project at Basra Refinery

The Cabinet reviewed and approved a number of other measures and policies.

(Source: Govt of Iraq)

By John Lee.

British-based engineering company Rotork is to supply the Karbala Refinery project in Iraq.

According to a press release from the company, Rotork will provide large quantities of IQ3 non-intrusive intelligent electric valve actuators, designed specifically for automated flow control systems in hazardous environments.

Due to open in 2020, the State Company of Oil Projects’ (SCOP) Karbala Refinery will have a refining capacity of 140,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd). Production will meet the latest international standards, serving the growing domestic demand for oil in Iraq and reducing the current level of refined product imports.

(Source: Rotork)

The largest cargoes ever to arrive in Iraq have been unloaded at Basra Multipurpose Terminal (BMT), in the port of Umm Qasr.

The four LPG Bullets with unit weights of 665 tons were carried on the MV Happy Star. They measure 65 meters in length and 12 meters in diameter, and will be used at the State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP)’s Karbala Refinery Project, currently being built by Korea’s HDGSK.

BMT describes itself as the largest multi-purpose facility in the country with direct access to major road networks and national rail links.

(Source: BMT)

By John Lee.

Work on a the $6-billion Karbala Refinery Project has reportedly been suspended.

According to Korea Times, the work has been halted “due to the Iraqi government’s late construction payment, raising concerns about its solvency.

The Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) contractor for the Karbala Refinery Project is HDGSK, a South Korean joint venture led by Hyundai Engineering & Construction. The joint venture consists of Hyundai E&C, Hyundai Engineering Co Ltd, GS Engineering & Construction, and SK Engineering & Construction.

(Source: Korea Times)

Ibrakom Logistics has received the first super heavy and out-of-gauge modules from Korea for the Karbala Refinery Project.

These modules have set new records for weights and dimensions of modules that have to date been shipped to Iraq.

The modules range from 220 metric tons to 474 metric tons in weight and have dimensions of 63 meters in length and 8 meters in diameter. Having been shipped to the Port of Umm Qasr, they were safely discharged by Ibrakom’s Iraqi team.

These modules consists of a DHT Reactor, Deisohexanizer Naphta Splitter, however other modules are en-route and will be transported overland to Karbala Refinery by Ibrakom along a 540 km specially constructed route. This route was designed and constructed by Ibrakom’s in house engineering team and includes several bridges and by-passes.

These first group of super heavy and OOG loads received for the Karbala Refinery project is just a warm up for us” said Tugrul Titanoglu, the Director of Projects at Ibrakom Group.

We will soon receive six units of LPG Bullets weighing 710 metric tons that are 65 m in length and 12.60 m in diameter. This is almost equivalent of transporting three adjacent apartment blocks along a distance of 540 km, record breaking not in Iraq alone, but in the entire Middle East. We have constructed our own roads for these giant modules as it is not possible to transport them on regular motorways. We are proud to design and implement the whole operation with our group resources alone. Starting from our own terminals at Umm Qasr Port to the supply of specialized transport equipment, it is all group assets leveraged in the entire chain of logistics”.

Iraq’s State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP) and their EPC contractor HDGSK, a joint venture composed of Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd., GS Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd., SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd., and Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd., had awarded Ibrakom Logistics in 2015 for the heavy transport services including 126 super heavy and over-sized modules of which the scope was increased to include 250 modules.

Karbala Refinery, a $6.04 billion project once completed, will be the biggest refinery in Iraq and is expected to supply the entire demand of the refined oil products in the country.

UAE based Ibrakom Group, a subsidiary of Imisk Holdings, is one of the region’s leading integrated logistics operators in the Middle East and Central Asia. Established 1995, Ibrakom today operates in 17 countries with 24 offices. Its core activities include port/terminal management and ownership, heavy transportation, Industrial and Project Logistics.

(Source: Ibrakom)

By John Lee.

ALE has been awarded several contracts at the Karbala Refinery Project.

The deals include the provision of approximately 50 crawler, rough terrain and mobile cranes, the execution of heavy lifting operations, as well as the heavy transportation of approximately 45 oversized items, weighing up to 250 tonnes each.

The project has already commenced, and ALE’s contracts are expected to last from one to three years.

Alberto Pittaluga, General Manager in Iraq, said:

“We are delighted to support Iraq in the Holy City of Karbala and we hope that our involvement will successfully contribute to the execution and completion of this strategic project for the growth of the country.”

(Source: ALE)

Honeywell has announced that it will provide industry-leading process technology and advanced automation controls to Iraq’s Karbala refinery, now under construction in Karbala Province, about 120 kilometers south of Baghdad.

According to a statement from the company, the grassroots refinery will use industry-leading refining processes from Honeywell UOP and automation controls from Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) to allow Iraq’s State Company for Oil Projects’ (SCOP) Karbala refinery to maximize production of fuel and other products that will help offset the more than 350,000 barrels per day of refined products the country currently imports.

These technologies will also help meet growing domestic demand with products meeting international standards equivalent to Euro V fuel standards.

Startup of the 140,000 barrel-per-day refinery is expected in 2020.

Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP’s Process Technology and Equipment business, said:

The Honeywell solution combines UOP’s deep process knowledge with HPS’s expertise in plant automation to make the refinery run at the top of its capability …

“The integration of process technology with a controls solution enables the Karbala refinery to make more gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, jet fuel, liquefied petroleum gas and asphalt, and make it more efficiently.”

(Source: Honeywell)

Veolia Water Technologies has been selected by HDGSK Joint Venture to supply a Zero Liquid Discharge Evaporator and Crystallizer for the Karbala Refinery Project in Iraq.

Veolia will engineer, procure and deliver a Zero Liquid Discharge system based on its proven HPD® Brine Evaporator and Brine Crystallizer technologies for calcium sulfate seeded slurry processes.

Iraq’s State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP) and their EPC contractor HDGSK, a joint venture composed of Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd., GS Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd., SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd., and Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd., have selected Veolia´s HPD® evaporator technology for the Karbala Refinery project. Veolia´s proven track record and its project execution capabilities to deliver a modularized solution were instrumental in securing this important contract.

Veolia’s system will be divided into two steps: the first step is a Brine Concentrator based on calcium sulfate seeded slurry and driven through a single Mechanical Vapour Recompression (MVR), and the second step is a Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) Brine Crystallizer driven through two stages of single MVR.

The combined system will eliminate all liquid waste discharge and will produce a waste solid product discharge from a centrifugal separation process. Waste solids from the plant will be routed to a landfill for disposal. The process distillate quality recovered from the process will be routed internally to the refinery for reuse.

Ignacio Martinez, Vice-President and General Manager of Veolia Water Technologies’ Evaporation & Crystallization activities, said:

“The Karbala refinery is due to become the most technically advanced refinery in Iraq. Veolia is proud to contribute its strong expertise in zero liquid discharge and waste reduction processes, helping Iraq’s SCOP and the HDGSK joint venture meet their economic and environmental goals.”

The plant will have a capacity of 55 m3/hr and is scheduled for delivery in August 2016. The Karbala Refinery ZLD facility will rely on the high mechanical availability of Veolia´s system to maintain the refinery´s water treatment operations.


The Engineer, Procure and Construct contractor for the Karbala Refinery Project is HDGSK, a South Korean joint venture led by Hyundai Engineering & Construction that won a $6.04 billion project to build oil refining facilities in Karbala, Iraq.  The joint venture consists of Hyundai E&C, Hyundai Engineering Co Ltd, GS Engineering & Construction, and SK Engineering & Construction.

Hyundai E&C and affiliate Hyundai Engineering have a combined 37.5 percent stake in the project, worth $2.265 billion. GS also has a 37.5 percent stake, while SK has a 25 percent stake worth $1.51 billion.  SK Engineering & Construction is responsible for the water utilities at the refinery and was responsible for selected Veolia´s Zero Liquid Discharge technology for the project.

(Source: Veolia)

By John Lee.

A group of companies led by Hyundai Engineering & Construction has won a $6.04-billion contract to build the new 140,000-bpd Kerbala oil refinery.

The Iraqi cabinet approved the deal between the Oil Ministry’s State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP) and the consortium on Tuesday.

Construction is to be completed within 54 months.

In June, French company Technip won the contract for project management consultancy (PMC) services for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phase of the Karbala refinery.

(Sources: ConstructionWeekOnline, Iraq Oil Report)