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’.
In March 2016, EAME’s Managing Director provided an insight to the problems facing Iraq’s port sector. In a presentation, entitled ‘Rehabilitation of the Iraqi Port Sector’, EAME’s Managing Director provided an overview of the problems facing the sector, potential solutions as well as the EAME’s experience in this sector and region. EAME is ideally suited to provide such an insight as EAME has been heavily involved with the Iraqi port sector since 2011 having undertaken various projects and assessments including baseline assessments, environmental impact assessments, site investigations, marine traffic surveys and the installation and maintenance of tide gauges along the Khor Al-Zubair and Shatt Al-Arab Waterway.
EAME has been working in Iraq since 2010 and has offices in Basra and Erbil. EAME is currently looking for opportunities in Iran and intends to open an office in Bucharest, Romania in 2016.
EAME has been featured again in the journal of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (March 2016) in relation to the ‘Rehabilitation of Iraq’s Deep Sea Ports’.
EAME has significant experience along the Khor Al-Zubair and has been working on the regeneration of Iraq’s port sector since 2012. EAME has conducted environmental risk assessments and ecological assessments of sites for the potential deposition of dredged material from the waterway. In conjunction with the proposed development of an oil terminal, the company was also instructed to carry out an Environmental Impact assessment (EIA) and long-term metocean study, as well as geotechnical and hydrogeological assessment of the proposed Basra International Oil and Gas Hub (BIOGH) located adjacent to the Khor Al-Zubair. When you also consider the long-term marine traffic survey of the Khor Al-Zubair and the installation of tide gauges’ that EAME was responsible for (installed on behalf of an International Oil Company), it is clear to see that EAME’s experience in the area is both extensive and highly specialised.
The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) is an international qualifying body dedicated to the regulation, education and training of surveyors working within civil engineering.ICES is now recognised as the leading chartered professional body for civil engineering surveyors. Further information on the Institution can be obtained from https://www.cices.org/
EAME’s Iraq Port Sector project has been featured on the North East Connected website. North East Connected is a news portal created to announce all the great things that are happening in the North East of England.
Further details can accessed via their website North East Connected.
EAME has contributed photographs and comment to Iraq Oil Report in relation a major spill from Basra’s newly expanded Najibiya power plant. The oil spill threatens residential and agricultural water supplies in the Basra area.
More details can be obtained from http://www.iraqoilreport.com/news/oil-spill-mars-basra-power-plant-expansion-17925/
EAME are pleased to announce that the firm now holds ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. ISO 9001 has helped EAME establish and maintain procedures to ensure the quality of our work is maintained throughout a project whilst ISO 14001 allows EAME to establish and maintain a working environment that aims to manage and minimise environmental impacts.
We look forward to maintaining our systems and ensuring, where practicable, continuous improvement throughout all our business activities and systems.
EAME secures further work in the Iraq Ports Sector, Geotechnical, Topographic and Bathymetric Surveys for the Ports Rehabilitation Programme
EAME is currently engaged on a high value project that is an important component of the major rehabilitation of the port sector of Iraq following its recent tumultuous history.
The project involves onshore and offshore geotechnical investigations to depths of up to 38m, along with topographic and bathymetric surveys covering an extensive area, overlapping in three intertidal zones. These sites are located along the Khor Al-Zubair channel and will be developed into a waiting area for HGVs, an extension to an existing berth and new “servicing” berths for dredgers and tugs, creating a key facility in the advancement of the port sector. This estuarine channel is of particular importance as Iraq’s only deep water ports are located on the Khor Al-Zubair. The information extrapolated from EAME’s surveys is crucial for the design team to facilitate their own process and realise these key maritime assets.
Any project in Iraq is challenging, however, Iraq is presently experiencing heavy rainfall creating very soft ground conditions. This has required new elevated roadways to be constructed to each of the onshore borehole locations, which were otherwise inaccessible. EAME also commissioned a newly constructed small “jack up” pontoon that has enabled drilling in the congested and debris strewn river channel, beyond the low water mark.
The topographic and bathymetric surveys were commissioned to help produce elevational and terrain information for the design team. Due to the large amount of debris in the intertidal zone, however, it was not possible to complete the bathymetric surveys along this area, and hence during low tide, the topographical surveyors also collected data from the lower intertidal zone. Data was then merged to form combined contour maps stretching from the land to beyond the low water mark.
EAME is an independent multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy with offices in the UK, Romania and Iraq. EAME has been active in Iraq since 2010 working for IOC’s, international funding institutions, property developers and EPC contractors.
EAME were pleased to attend the Middle East Association’s Autumn Lunch last Thursday (26th November 2015). Held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, the event was attended by Middle East Ambassadors, UKTI, FCO and business leaders with the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, one of the guest speakers.
EAME has been part of the Middle East Association since 2014.
Image courtesy of the MEA
Day 1 of the conference focussed on Iraq in the Global Marketplace. Topics included Iraq’s regional context, governance, attracting international investment, oil and gas, and women in business. Zainab Al Ribhawi (EAME’s Iraq Country Manager) was invited to be a panellist in the ‘Women in Business in Iraq’ seminar.
For further details regarding the IBBC please visit http://www.webuildiraq.org/
EAME was pleased to offer its continued support to the Middle East Association (MEA) by attending the recent luncheon with Karwan Jamal Tahir, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) High Representative to the UK. Mr Tahir delivered an informative speech detailing the current political and economic environment in KRG, outlining the potential for UK companies in KRG but also stressing that the business environment is both challenging and a long-term prospect.
EAME has been active in Kurdistan and Iraq since 2010 and was delighted to hear Mr Tahir positive remarks regarding the economic future of KRG. Both Kurdistan and Iraq have huge potential for UK companies in a number of sectors including oil and gas, healthcare, tourism, agriculture and education and the UK is the current preferred partner for many KRG businesses.
Photograph courtesy of Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir