By John Lee.

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has announced that it has established a Health Sector Table.

This Table will be chaired by Professor David Kerr, Rhodes Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics, and Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Oxford University.

It is being supported by the Iraqi Minister of Health and the Environment, Dr Ala Alwan, who attended its first meeting.

The Table’s first meeting was held at IBBC’s offices on the morning of Friday 28th June. Its purpose is to allow relevant member organisations to become involved in the further development of the Iraqi health sector.

Healthcare is a priority for IBBC, and the Minister will personally be liaising with this Table. Also present at this meeting were representatives of Almanseer Insurance, Serco, Protechnique, GE Healthcare, Perkins+Will UK, PwC, Management Partners, and The Amar Foundation.

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(Source: IBBC)

By John Lee.

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has welcomed two new members.

  • Protechnique — a British contractor providing premier technical, engineering, construction, management and capacity building support throughout the world; to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as private industries and multi-lateral agencies;
  • UniHouse — a global professional training, consultancy and education service provider based in Jordan.

(Source: IBBC)

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works (MMPW) has reportedly appointed Australia-based Protechnique as the main contractor for the $80-million Basra Water Pumping Station, P2R.

According to a report from Construction Week Online, it will provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for the project’s transmission reservoir and transmission pump station; chlorine building; blending chambers; electrical substation; generator building; in-plant and yard pipes, valve chambers, and flow meter chambers; watch towers; onsite roads; guard houses; and ancillary facilities.

The company was selected ahead of Toyota, Al Ghanem Construction, Arab Contractors, and Terna SA.

The development is being funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as part of Package 2 of the Basra Water Supply Improvement Project (BWSIP).

Work will start next month, and the company expects to complete its scope of works by December 2018.

(Source: Construction Week Online)