2.5 Million Iraqis and Businesses to Benefit from Improved Electricity Services

A new US$200 million World Bank project will provide increased and more reliable supply of electricity to about 2.5 million Iraqis and productive enterprises in the governorates of Basra, Al-Muthanna, Thi Qar, and Missan who currently suffer from frequent and long power cuts and rely on private or shared generators to cover the shortages within the public network.

The Electricity Services Reconstruction and Enhancement Project, approved today by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors, will support the Government of Iraq’s efforts to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply by reducing the capacity limitations in the electricity distribution and transmission network.

Further details from http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2019/05/03/25-million-iraqis-and-businesses-to-benefit-from-improved-electricity-services

International Energy Agency – Iraq Energy Report

The International Energy Agency (IEA) have just released its second report concerning Iraq’s energy sector. The report, an update to the 2012 report, has been published at a crucial time for Iraq with Islamic State (IS) defeated and significant efforts required to repair damaged and destroyed energy infrastructure.  

  • Iraq needs to develop its domestic energy infrastructure, in particular, those in the electricity sector;
  • Electricity demand is set to double by 2030, however, Iraq does not produce enough electricity to satisfy demand and the gap is widening;
  • The IEA has identified short-term measures to produce the most immediate pressures. These include the rapid deployment of mobile power units; upgrading of some existing power plants; network maintenance, targeting a small number of high-impact upgrades; and the enforcement of tariffs for all neighbourhood generations;
  • Medium-term measures include network maintenance and upgrades; refurbish existing power plants; increase tariff collection; and reform grid tariffs to incentivise efficient use of electricity;
  • There is a huge potential to cut network losses, which are among the highest in the world. IEA have estimated that reducing these losses by half would help to increase the available capacity by one-third;
  • Diversification and reform of the economy away from oil and gas remains a long-term challenge;
  • Iraq is the fifth largest oil and gas producer in the world, however, further growth can be facilitated by the Iraqi authorities: ensuring sufficient water for injection; attracting foreign capital; and a conducive political and security environment; and
  • Iraq needs to take advantage of its potential renewable power generation and allow the full implementation of gas flaring reduction projects. This would increase power generation, reduce costly imports, free up oil for export and allow for expansion of Iraq’s petrochemical industry.

The report can be downloaded from the IEA website:

https://www.iea.org/newsroom/news/2019/april/new-iea-report-provides-practical-roadmap-to-address-iraqs-electricity-shortfall.html

EAME has been active in Iraq since 2010 and has been has recently undertaken Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) audits and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), on behalf of Export Credit Agencies (ECAs), for a series of substations across Iraq as well as a temporary power station outside of Basra.

IDP Substations Project – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EAME is pleased to provide access to the concise Non-technical Summary (NTS) for the IDP Substations Project that covers the proposed development of 15 electrical substations across Iraq.  

This document has been prepared by Earth & Marine Environmental Consultants (EAME), on behalf of the Client, GE Power – Grid Solutions (GE).

The overall objective of the Project is to develop 12 new substations and extend three existing substations. The substations will connect existing power plants to the national grid. The substations and extensions to substations are required, in accordance with the National Development Plan (NDP) 2013 – 2017, to provide a reliable electrical supply to all consumers.

018-1625 GE IDP Substation Project Concise NTS REV01 Arabic Translation

 

EAME attends IBBC Business Forum and Spring Conference

David Wells, Technical Director – Iraq Projects, attended the recent Business Forum and Spring Conference organised by the Iraq-British Business Council (IBBC). Held at Central Hall and Mansion House, London, the events marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of IBBC. Although EAME has only recently become full members of IBBC, EAME has been active with IBBC for a number of years and fully supports it efforts to encourage and support British companies in Iraq.

The Spring Conference was entitled ‘Iraq – Financing a Modern Economy’ and there was much discussion concerning the success of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s Export Credit Agency (ECA), in supporting a number of large, nationally-significant infrastructure projects. EAME is proud to have supported UKEF with the environmental and social risk management of several of these projects. 

David commented ‘the conference was very well attended and the numbers of attendees grows year on year. It was good to develop new relationships as well as reaffirming existing associations. There is real optimism concerning the redevelopment of Iraq, however, significant issues remain – political instability, the difficulty of private companies to work, corruption and an overreliance on the oil and gas industry.’

 EAME is an environmental and social consultancy operating in Iraq since 2010. EAME provides a range of services including environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) and environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) which allows international funders, developers, companies and Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) to manage their environmental and social risks in a challenging environment.

The World Bank publishes its economic update for Iraq

The World Bank has just released its economic update for Iraq and is generally positive:

  • The economy is picking up with real GDP estimated to grow by 0.6%.
  • Iraq has recently signed several trade agreements with its neighbouring countries.
  • Reconstruction effects are ongoing.
  • Outlook has improved due to higher oil prices as well as the improving security situation.
  • Constraints on capital spending will impede a recovery-driven growth.
  • Challenges remain due to political risk, oil dependency and the regional situation.
  • Social conditions remain challenging reflecting under investment and weak institutional capacity.

Further details can be found here: http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/300251553672479193/Iraq-MEU-April-2019-Eng.pdf

EAME is an environmental and social consultancy operating in Iraq since 2010. EAME provides a range of services which allows international funders, developers, companies and Export Credit Agencies to manage their environmental and social risks in a challenging environment.

EAME attends Iraqi Environmental and Health Society – UK conference

EAME attended the recent conference organised by IEHS-UK ‘Cancer and Environmental Pollution In Iraq: Etiology, Clinical Presentation & Management’ held at University College London.  Panel topics were very pertinent to the current environmental and social challenges that Iraq is currently facing and included a particularly useful discussion relating to the role of media in raising awareness of environmental pollution.

EAME is an environmental and social consultancy operating in Iraq since 2010. EAME provides a range of services which allows international funders, developers, companies and Export Credit Agencies to manage their environmental and social risks in a challenging environment.

EAME attends the sixth annual Sulaimani Forum

EAME’s Managing Director, Steve Rowan, was invited to attend the sixth Sulaimani Forum that took place on 6 – 7th March 2019 at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. The Forum has become the prime policy event in Iraq, bringing together key policymakers, stakeholders, and analysts for two days of thought-provoking debates and discussions on the most pressing issues facing the region. The forum is organized by the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), an Iraqi-based research institute housed at the American University of Iraq. This year, discussions focused on the stabilization, good governance and economic growth in Iraq and the region.

The President of Iraq Dr. Barham Salih provided welcome remarks. Several ministers, high-ranking dignitaries and officials from federal government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government as well as representatives from the international community attended the even

Steve said ‘I am pleased to see that one of the sessions included a discussion about Iraq’s water resources.  Iraq’s major river systems (Euphrates, Tigris and indirectly Karun Rivers) begin their journeys in neighbouring nations who, to serve their own water needs, greatly reduce the flows coming into Iraq.  Iraq with a growing population, multiple pollution sources, poor management practices, ineffective treatment and distribution and increasing salinity sees a situation of increasing water demand whilst experiencing reducing quantity and quality.  There needs to be urgent and considerable investment in treatment and management of water resources and an accurate representation of the cost of clean water in the economy.  A secondary benefit of clean potable water delivered to homes will be a reduction in the tens of millions of plastic water bottles that litter the Iraqi landscape.   The technology and management techniques exist to solve this problem if the political will is there to support and finance it’.

EAME is already looking forward to next year’s forum.

EAME is an environmental and social consultancy operating in Iraq since 2010. EAME provides a range of services which allows international funders, developers, companies and Export Credit Agencies to management their environmental and social risks in a challenging environment.      

The Wheat Quarter, Welwyn Garden City

EAME is pleased to confirm that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council have approved (on 10/12/18) the plans for the iconic Former Shredded Wheat Factory in Welwyn Garden CityThe plans for The Wheat Quarter will deliver nearly 1,500 new homes, a wellness centre, employment space, an art hub and a new Civic Building.

EAME has been involved with the site since July 2017 during which it has conducted extensive environmental assessments in-line with current guidance. 

For further information please visit https://thewheatquarter.co.uk/