By John Lee.

Italy’s Saipem has been awarded a contract by ExxonMobil Iraq Limited for the DS6 project for the debottlenecking of the West Qurna field, in the south east of Iraq.

Debottlenecking is a process that optimises a plant in order to increase its overall capacity.

The works will have a duration of 23 months and will mainly be executed in the Rumaila fabrication yard, owned by Saipem.

(Source: Saipem)

(Picture: Saipem chief executive, Stefano Cao)

APL has announced that the Gulf Asia Express 2 (GA2) service will soon be calling the port of Umm Qasr.

The service will also make a second call to Jebel Ali during the return leg of its service rotation to Asia. These developments demonstrate APL’s commitment to continuously provide market connectivity between the Far East and Middle East.

The enhanced GA2 service is primed to offer Asian shippers direct access to the Umm Qasr port in Iraq which is only accessible through feeder services via Jebel Ali currently. With the addition of Jebel Ali to its Middle East – Asia lap, the GA2 service will offer shippers with the best in class transit time for export cargo from Jebel Ali to the Far East.

The improved GA2 service will commence sailing from Shanghai on 6 August with the following port rotation:
Shanghai – Ningbo -Taipei – Shekou – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Klang – Jebel Ali – Umm Qasr – Jebel Ali – Port Klang – Hong Kong – Shanghai

(Source: APL)

Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation has been awarded a contract for port construction in the Republic of Iraq.

Extended by the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI), the contract covers a port rehabilitation project in the country’s southern region of Basra, and is valued at approximately 110 million US dollars. The project is being funded through ODA loans provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project will be executed through a partnership between MC and multiple international contractors, including Turkey-based energy infrastructure provider Calik Enerji (CE), in which MC holds shares, and construction firm Gap Insaat, also Turkey-based.

Both part of the Calik Holding group, these two sister companies will play a major role in executing construction while MC will be responsible for overall project coordination and serve as the prime contractor, facilitating the import of steel structures and other necessary supplies from Japan.

The objective of this project is to modernize existing industrial port facilities around Basra by (i) expanding the oil products berth at Khor Al-Zubair Port, and (ii) building a new service berth for working ships and service boats at Umm Qasr Port.

The rehabilitation of ports throughout Iraq is essential to meeting increasing demands for port infrastructure, which is growing rapidly as the volumes of trade flowing in and out of the country grows. Rehabilitating this critical infrastructure will also contribute to further stabilizing the country’s economy as post-war reconstruction advances.

This project is particularly noteworthy given that Khor Al-Zubair and Umm Qasr are the only ports currently in operation in the Basra region, where a system of ports located in the 48 kilometer wide tip of the country wedged in between Iran and Kuwait along the Persian Gulf gives Iraq its only outlet to the sea.

In addition to this project, MC intends to continue leveraging provisions under the Japanese Government policy framework for promoting export of “high-quality infrastructure” to identify opportunities that support Iraq’s efforts towards reconstruction, economic development, and increased quality of life.

(Source: Mitsubishi Corporation)

(Picture: Takehiko Kakiuchi, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation)

By John Lee.

Newtechnic, which describes itself as a world leader in building engineering technology, has reportedly won the contract to design the facade and oversee the co-ordination and construction of the new Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) building in Baghdad.

According to New Civil Engineer, the building, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), will be 172m high and will stand on a 200m by 100m podium.

Chief Executive Andrew Watts said he will deploy UK- and US-based design-engineering teams to work on the project, which is expected to be completed by 2021.

More here.

(Source: New Civil Engineer)

Milaha Launches First Ever Container Feeder Service Between Qatar and Iraq

Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate, has announced the launch of a direct container feeder service between Qatar and Iraq.

The new service, which will be an expansion of the existing Qatar-Kuwait service that the company launched last year, will follow a Hamad Port-Umm Qasr (Iraq)-Shuwaikh (Kuwait)-Hamad Port rotation, and will be initially served by one vessel with a 1,015 TEU capacity and 110 reefer plugs.

The service will have a transit time of 2 days, making it particularly ideal for dry and refrigerated food stuff, consumer electronics, and construction materials, among other cargo. The first vessel will depart from Hamad Port on 7 May 2018 and reach at Umm Qasr Port on 9 May 2018.

Commenting on the launch of the new service, Milaha’s President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said:

“There has been excellent demand on the Qatar-Kuwait service that we launched last year, and we have been looking at ways to further expand that service to give our Iraqi clients and partners more convenience through greater port coverage and reduced transit times. This new service will contribute to the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, and will also help boost the growing trade and economic relations between Qatar and Iraq.”

(Source: Milaha)

By John Lee.

Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] (pictured) has announced the construction of a tourism and entertainment resort in Basra, to “honor and appreciate its role to support the national economy as a generous oil governorate.

The $234-million Muftiya City project has been awarded to an international holding company he named as Daiko.

The land to be used for the project is owned by the oil products distribution company.

According to information previously released by the Ministry of Oil, the 38-acre water city will included a waterpark, a leisure resort for families, and an aquarium. There will also be a zoo over 52 acres, a closed football stadium, Olympic swimming pool, sports and entertainment facilities, and restaurants.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

UK-based WRA and Associates has announced the signing of a contract with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) for a new $350-million facility with 3-4 berths at the port of Umm Qasr, in Basra province.

Built in partnership with local company Bur Al-Aman (BAM), the new development will include warehousing and all other operations facilities, and will have an operating value of approximately $1.5 billion over the 38-year contract.

The three berths will be built in two phases, incorporating three stages; each stage is the construction of a berth with a 200-m long sea interface with storage yards attached to it.

Preparation of the berths and storage yards with the equipment and machinery specified and the technical presentation according to the specifications, is to be developed.

With the infrastructure in position, Umm Qasr Port is in a good competitive position to develop deep-drafted dry-bulk, liquid-bulk and container terminals through private sector participation, and provide better facilities and services.

Project Director Launce Morgan told Iraq Business News:

“As one of the biggest non-oil projects in Iraq, this ia a major breakthrough for a British company. We are delighted to work with Bur al-Aman and we look forward to the successful completion of this important project.”

Design works are to start immediately, and the project will be run on a Finance, Build, Own and Operate basis.

By John Lee.

Spartan Air Academy Iraq LLC., Addison, Texas, has been awarded a $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the stand-up of an Air Academy training in support of the Iraq Air Force.

Work will be performed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, and is expected to be complete by Feb. 8, 2019.

This award is the result of a country-directed sole-source acquisition.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

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)

Sulzer, the Swiss-based specialist in pumping solutions, has appointed Al Majal Technical Services (AMTS) as their authorized repair partner in Iraq.

AMTS was founded in 2015 to provide a full spectrum of Oil and Gas services including rotating equipment.

The AMTS workshop, located in North Rumaila, is a 3000 m2 state-of-the-art facility, equipped with a comprehensive set of machine tools and balancing equipment required to maintain and repair rotating machinery of all manufacturers. AMTS is certified according to ISO-9001:2015, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007, API 6A and API 16A

Sulzer’s engineering and project management expertise together with the local competencies of AMTS strengthen each other’s capability to execute the overhaul, site service, repair and maintenance of pumps, turbines and compression equipment as well as their associated ancillaries.

Both companies are currently jointly engaged in executing service projects in South Iraq.

(Source: Sulzer)