Iraq Ports Sector, undertaking Geotechnical, Topographic and Bathymetric Surveys for the Ports Rehabilitation Programme

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.

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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.


Middle East Association’s Autumn Lunch

meaEAME 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

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EAME Iraq Country Manager Speaks at IBBC Conference

IBBC-logoThe Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) Autumn Conference was held on the 9th and 10th November 2015 in London.

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

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EAME attends the Middle East Association’s VIP Lunch with Karwan Jamal Tahir, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s High Representative to the UK

meaEAME 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.

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Photograph courtesy of Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir

EAME Presents at the IBBC Iraq Energy Academy (IENA) conference

IBBC-logoEAME’s Managing Director recently presented at the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) – Iraq Energy Academy (IENA) conference ‘Basrah: Open for Business’ held at the Shams Al Basra Hotel.

EAME’s Managing Director provided a detailed insight into the environmental challenges facing the Basra region, focusing in particular on water resources, water security and environmental stresses on the hydrological systems of Southern Iraq.  He concluded by presenting a strategic plan designed to characterise, prioritise and address the identified challenges. EAME has extensive knowledge of the environmental challenges facing Basra and Iraq having worked on over 25 environmental projects there since 2010. Projects have included oil and gas, industrial property, port, water and infrastructure sectors.

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Other presenters included Hans Nijkamp, Shell’s Vice President in Iraq, Hussain Ali of the South Oil Company, Ayad Al Naser of the Rumaila Operating Organisation and IENA’s Dr Sabah Al-Jowhar concerning such topics as unlocking Iraq’s Oil and Gas potential, water injection in the South of Iraq, the Iraq’s new water strategy and the training needs of Iraq. The conference was closed by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Executive Chairman of IBBC and the UK Trade Envoy for Iraq.

(Photo courtesy of Iraq Britain Business Council, IBBC)

Beorma Quarter ES

BeormaEAME were commissioned by Salhia Investments (Birmingham) Limited and  Salhia Investments (Residential) Limited to compile an Environmental Statement (ES) for the redevelopment of a moribund site in Digbeth, Birmingham into a mixed use city centre development comprising office, retail and residential uses with associated buildings and infrastructure. The development is to be known as the Beorma Quarter.

Located opposite the Bullring, the Beorma Quarter will comprise the demolition of existing buildings, erection of two new block structures including a 30 storey tower building alongside refurbished listed buildings or building facades and will offer retail and business space, and residential apartments.

EAME bought together a specialist multi-disciplinary EIA team to ensure that a full and robust EIA was produced on time. The full ES can be accessed from Beorma ES Report

UKELA Annual Conference: Liverpool

EAME’s Managing Director was pleased to attend the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) Annual Conference held at the University of Liverpool. The conference was titled ‘Water, water everywhere’ and concerned a wide range of environmental and legal issues relating to water resources.

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EAME attends AMAR’s Masquerade Gala Dinner

AMAREAME were pleased to attend and support the AMAR International Charitable Foundation Masquerade Gala Dinner, held at the Savoy Hotel, London, on Friday 12th June 2015. Over £34,000 was raised on the night to support AMAR’s work in helping displaced people in Iraq. For over 22 years, AMAR has been providing health, education, training and humanitarian assistance to populations and communities affected by conflict and civil disorder.

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Seminar – Kurdistan Region: Aid, Business and Political Update

KRGDespite the challenges currently facing the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, EAME continued its support of the Kurdistan business community by attending a round-table meeting to discuss the current political and economic situation in Kurdistan. The relative safety and security of the Kurdistan Region has allowed for solid economic progress in recent years with oil production and exports remaining stable, however, the ongoing threat from IS poses a significant challenge.

Hosted by British Expertise International and the Kurdistan Regional Government UK Representative, speakers included:

  • Nawal Karim, Director of Trade and Investment Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the UK;
  • Charlotte Clapham, Policy Team Lead, Iraq Team, Department for International Development;
  • Jonathan Friedmann, Stroz Friedberg; and
  • Paul Bailey, Managing Director of Definitus.

EAME maintains an office in Erbil which is used to help support our international clients within the oil and gas, property development, industrial and infrastructure sectors. EAME employs a number of local staff which have been fully trained by our international consulting staff.

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EAME is pleased to announce that we are an active and approved member of ISNetworld. ISNetworld have verified and evaluated our health, safety, quality, sustainability and procurement information to ensure regulatory and client specific requirements are met, making it easier for clients to prequalify EAME.

We believe that the use of ISNetworld will help to strengthen our relationship with our clients by eliminating duplicative processes, facilitating communication and promoting transparency.