Winner of the ICES 2016 Publishing Prize

The Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) has recently announced that the institution’s first ever Publishing Prize has been awarded to David Wells, EAME’s Technical Director for Iraq. The article, concerning the rehabilitation of Iraq’s deep sea ports, was published in the March 2016 issue of the Civil Engineering Surveyor and was judged to have won the geospatial engineering category.

2016 was the first qualifying year for the new prize, which aims to recognise the best articles published from ICES publications,. Judging panels, drawn from the institution’s Commercial Management Practices Committee and Geospatial Engineering Practices Committee, considered several criteria, including the use of new and existing technology, thought leadership and writing style.  

http://mag.digitalpc.co.uk/fvx/ces/1603/index.html?pn=18

EAME is a now a member of the British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC)

brccEAME are pleased to announce that EAME is a member of the British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC). EAME has recently opened an office in Romania as EAME’s experience in dealing with the UK’s legacy environmental issues and the imposition of EU directives into local legislation will be an asset in this maturing market.

EAME hopes for a long and fruitful relationship with the BRCC.

Further details can be obtained from http://brcconline.eu/

Approved Vendor to IOCs in Iraq

iraqportEAME has been active in Iraq since 2010 and in that time EAME has become an approved vendor to PetroChina, BP, the Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO), Shell and the Basra Gas Company after meeting strict Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental requirements.

In doing so, EAME’s QHSE policies, manuals and procedures have been audited by Ariba and ISNetworld to ensure regulatory and client specific requirements are met, making it easier for EAME to prequalify for potential projects.

EAME looks forward continuing these long-term relationships and developing new relationships with other IOCs over the coming years.

Winning New Business Through Internationalisation: Iraq

IBBC-logoEAME’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.

KRG signs landmark loan agreement with UK Government

KRG

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.

krg-water

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.

Full details available from http://cabinet.gov.krd/a/d.aspx?s=040000&l=12&a=55189

Great North Run

NewcastleDavid 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.

Middle East Association (MEA) – Kurdistan

meaLast 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.

New staff member joins the team

NewcastleEAME 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.

AMAR Foundation Gala Dinner

EAME were delighted to accept the invitation extended to them by AMAR, to attend the “Secret Garden” Gala dinner held at the Savoy.

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.