EAME’s Technical Director for Iraq, David Wells, recently attended the joint NOF Energy – Iraqi British Business Council (IBBC) seminar entitled ’Winning New Business Through Internationalisation: Iraq’ held in NOF Energy’s offices in Durham. The seminar was an informal discussion of attendees’ experiences of Iraq, advice for companies not yet active in Iraq and common pitfalls and mistakes that can easily be avoided. As EAME has been active in Iraq since 2010, David was well placed to provide insight and knowledge in both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The seminar attended representatives from various sectors including security, valve manufacturing, training and security vehicle sectors.
On Thursday 8th December 2016, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has finalised a loan agreement with UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, to finance the first phase of a contract between the KRG and Biwater to deliver water and wastewater treatment services in Erbil and Sulaimani. Erbil will benefit from a 600m3/day water treatment plant whilst water treatment plant upgrades and the construction of wastewater and sludge treatment facilities will be undertaken in Sulaimani.
Rapid growth in recent years, fuelled by the oil industry, has placed significant stress on the water and sanitation infrastructure, resulting in deteriorating water quality, reduced security of supply and an increasing risk to health due to a lack of fundamental sanitation in the form of wastewater collection and treatment.
The existing water supply systems in both Erbil and Sulaimani comprise a mix of potable and non-potable water, provided by a combination of water treatment plant (WTP), boreholes located across the population centres, as well as surface water resources. Increased population growth in recent years has increased demand on existing resources. In particular, outlying communities suffer from an intermittent and insecure supply. Furthermore, as the yield from the existing wells is declining, this is placing pressure on the existing water treatment infrastructure.
The lack of effective sanitation poses severe health risks to the population in both cities and their regional communities, endangering groundwater resources, threatening the environment, health and wellbeing of their people. The need for improved water availability/security, the development of sanitation infrastructure and the regulation of available resources is therefore crucial to the health and wellbeing of these important population centres and their continued growth.
As part of the project, Biwater is currently undertaking an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and EAME is proud to be involved with a project which will have such widespread environmental and social benefits to Kurdistan. EAME has undertaken a preliminary site reconnaissance of the sites and has been involved with the scoping phase of the project and design of the environmental and social baseline studies. EAME will also be undertaking stakeholder engagement and the social impact assessment phase of the project.
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David Wells, one of the EAME team in Newcastle, completed the Great North Run on Sunday 11th September 2016 in aid of Bowel Cancer UK. Despite the rather unseasonal weather, David was able to complete the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields in 1:37:09 and in doing so raised over £1,200 for a charity close to David’s heart.
Last Wednesday (7th September 2016), David Wells, technical director for all of EAME’s Iraq project work, attended the Middle East Association’s roundtable meeting concerning Kurdistan. Chaired by David Lloyd OBE and attended by Karwan Jama Tahir, the Kurdistan High Representative to the UK, the meeting was entitled ‘Beginning of New Horizons’ and provided an overview of the developments and recent reforms in the Kurdistan, including the steps taken to overcome the financial and security challenges. Attendees were from across multiple sectors and included companies currently participating in the Kurdish marketplace and others who are planning to engage.
David was asked to provide his prospective on infrastructure developments as EAME has been active in Kurdistan and Iraq since 2010 and is currently engaged in a number of infrastructure projects in Kurdistan.
EAME are pleased to welcome Toby Nash to EAME’s Newcastle office. Toby has joined EAME as an environmental consultant having graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Environmental Management. Toby has Yachtmaster Offshore, Dingy Sailing and Power Boat Qualifications as well as a holding PADI Open water Diver certification. Toby has already been involved with Phase I Environmental Assessments for residential and industrial sites as well as Social Impact Assessments in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
EAME’s Managing Director attended where he was joined by VIPS, Middle Eastern business community members and representatives of the Iraqi, British and Lebanese governments.
The AMAR Foundation, whose Chairman is Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, was set up to provide support for the under- served communities of the Middle East. Recently, much of their work has been focused on Iraq where figures suggest that 1 in 10 Iraqis are displaced. In particular, the emphasis of late has been on the plight of women and children, trafficked into Syria as sex slaves by Daesh. AMAR has been offering vital psychological support, made possible by monies raised through such social events.
EAME are frequent visitors to Iraq, providing our environmental expertise to industry, and hence we are very pleased to be able to support the vital work that AMAR conducts in the country.
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EAME’s MD, recently attended ‘The Iranian Trade Conference – New Prospects for British-Iranian Trade and Investment’ held at America Square Conference Centre, London. The conference provided an analysis of the business opportunities for British companies across various sectors including infrastructure, oil and gas and financial services as well as detailing the implications for US and European companies regarding the sanctions against Iran. Speakers included Lord Price, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, The Rt Hon Lord Lamont of Lerwick, UK Trade Envoy to Iran and Chairman of the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce and Sir Richard Dalton, President of The British Iranian Chamber of Commerce.
EAME’s MD commented ‘there is clearly a lot of interest in Iran and there are interesting opportunities across all sectors and not just in oil and gas. EAME is already receiving work enquiries for projects in Iran’.
The conference was jointly hosted by the Middle East Association, of which EAME has been a member of since 2013. EAME has been active in Iraq since 2010 working for International Oil Companies and international funders and developers, as such, EAME is in an excellent position to become develop opportunities in Iran following the nuclear agreement.
EAME recently attended the UK – Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Business Exchange Ports Conference in Constanta, Romania. The conference was on an invitation-only basis and was attended by representatives of ports in Romania, Bosnia, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria and Serbia. The conference comprised a number of presentations regarding the importance of CEE ports to development of CEE markets as well as a number of 1 to 1 meeting with a number of port operators to discuss environmental issues. EAME’s Managing Director commented that ‘the UK-CEE conference was very insightful and highlighted the huge potential for EAME in the region. EAME is intent on opening an office in Bucharest later this year and the conference further strengthen our belief in the CEE marketplace’.