Night Bird Construction: A fresh new approach to the Iraqi construction industry

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Night Bird Construction (NBC) is a fast paced and highly organized Iraqi construction company created through the excellence of its team.

NBC's Senior Construction Managers, Engineers and team of highly skilled industry professionals have achieved great success in construction projects across the globe; especially in IRAQ!

Some Examples of Prime Construction Projects Completed by the NBC Team

  • First privately invested Fuel Facility (20,000MT) in Iraq at the port of Khor Al Zubair bringing refined oil products back into Iraq for the International Oil Companies and their Subcontractors
  • Shell's first major infrastructure project on Majnoon oilfield including fuel stations, water treatment plants, incineration facilities, chemical warehousing and many more essential construction works that enabled Shell to uplift the oil production on Majnoon Oilfield
  • Logistics base (100,000sqm), strategically located close to the Safwan border for easy customs, laydown, storage and uplift operations for cargo overland from Kuwait
  • Lukoil brownfield well pads modification projects, West Qurna 2 Oilfield requiring much dialogue with Lukoil & the BOC to ensure project success
  • Gas Turbine Power Plant for General Electric & the MoE at Al-Hartha, Basra, a challenging project but completed on time, to budget and quality; much to our clients satisfaction

Night Bird Construction has offices in Basra, Baghdad, Dubai & London

Contact: info@nbc-iraq.com

https://nightbirdconstruction.com/

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KRG launches new Tendering Process for Medicines

By John Lee.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has announced a new tendering process for medicines.

According to a statement from the KRG, the new system will stabilise the price of 230 different medications.

KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani commented:

"Through transparent contracts, we will provide our citizens with better quality medicine at a lower cost to the KRG."

More here and here.

(Source: KRG)

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Drugs, Militias form Explosive Mix on Iraq-Iran Border

By Shelly Kittleson for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Drugs, militias form explosive mix on Iraq-Iran border

Officers and judges who dare to go up against those controlling the drug trade along Iraq's southeastern border with Iran continue to be targeted as attempts are made to crack down on corruption.

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Iraq’s opens its first Hydrogen Production Unit

By John Lee.

Iraq's first hydrogen production and compression unit has been opened at the Ministry of Oil's Oil Research and Development Centre

The unit, which is for research purposes, can produce hydrogen with a purity of 99.5 percent, and compress it to 150 bar.

A statement from the Ministry said that this is sufficient to meet the needs of the research departments, with the surplus supplies being used by companies and state institutions.

At the opening, the Ministry's advisor for energy affairs, Abdul Baqi Khalaf, said that Iraq is committed to its commitments regarding reducing gas emissions and pollutants and protecting the environment and climate.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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CBI tries to find way to pay Russian Oil Companies

By John Lee.

Mustafa Ghaleb Mokhif, the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has met with the Russian Ambassador to Iraq, Elbrus Kutrashev, to discuss the payments due to Russian companies operating in Iraq.

In a statement after the meeting, both parties expressed the need to find appropriate solutions to this issue.

Payments to Russian companies have become more complicated as a result of sanctions imposed following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February.

(Source: CBI)

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Iraq’s Economic Capital “engulfed in Trash”

From Rudaw. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraqi economic capital engulfed in trash, suffers from dilapidated electricity

Home to Iraq's richest oil wells, Basra should have wealth and development to rival the Emirates.

Instead, the southern province is one of Iraq's most impoverished - its residents deprived of even the most basic services and infrastructure.

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Heatwave in Iraq: Concern for Workers in 50C Heat

Effective measures are needed to ensure adequate Occupational Safety and Health for workers during extreme heat in Iraq

With temperatures in Iraq soaring up to 50 degrees Celsius [122 degrees Fahrenheit] in recent weeks, the ILO in Iraq is calling on its tripartite partners - the government, employers' and workers' organizations - to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to mitigate some of the risks associated with working under extreme heat and ensure that workers are provided with adequate care at their workplace.

The extreme heat is increasing concerns in relation to the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) conditions of workers, especially those employed in construction and agriculture - a sector which is already considered as one of the most hazardous in the world.

According to the recent Labour Force Survey, one in four workers in Iraq is employed either in construction or agriculture - an extremely significant number.

The ILO released a report in 2019 which stated that the "rise in global temperatures caused by climate change will make the phenomenon of "heat stress" more common," adding that "the higher heat levels caused by climate change threaten progress towards decent work by leading to a deterioration of working conditions and undermining the security, health and well-being of workers."

Workers in some parts of the country have been given time off due to the heat. Yet, for workers who cannot afford to miss a day of work, such as those in informal, temporary, seasonal or day labour, measures must be taken to ensure their protection.

On the practical level, this could include ensuring workers are provided with appropriate clothing, access to drinking water and shaded areas; and are encouraged to work during cooler hours with appropriate break times.

It also includes ensuring that legislation related to OSH are being enforced through labour inspections - especially in sectors which face most risks.

Iraq has ratified a number of ILO Conventions which focus on the needs to ensure protection for workers in different sectors, and most recently through the ratification of the Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention, 2001 (No. 184), which re-affirms the country's commitment to decent work and International Labour Standards.

The ILO is committed to supporting its partners in the development of Occupational Safety and Health and Labour Inspection polices and systems, that will contribute to modernizing those systems and improving conditions for workers and their employers, in line with International Labour Standards.

While these efforts are not specific to heat stress at work, they will nonetheless contribute to ensuring a more and better working environment for all workers in Iraq.

The safety and health of workers is the responsibility of everyone. We all have a role to play - even if small - to ensure that working conditions are decent and safe and that our environment is protected from further degradation."

(Source: UN)

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Construction Starts at 1.6 GW Power Plant in Anbar

By John Lee.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has laid the foundation stone for a new power station in the Al-Furat district of Anbar Governorate.

According to a statement from the Media Office of the Prime Minister, the total capacity of the plant is 1,642 megawatts, at a cost of one billion dollars, and the project will take 3 years to complete.

The project consists of four GT26 gas turbine units [from GE], with a unit capacity of 273 megawatts, and two steam units with a capacity of 275 megawatts.

(Source: Media Office of the Prime Minister)

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New Plastics Plant opened in Basra

By John Lee.

The Minister of Industry and Minerals, Manhal Aziz Al-Khabbaz, has re-opened a factory making low density polyethylene in Basra.

The plant, run by the General Company for Petrochemical Industries, had been idle for more than 12 years.

Capacity is said to be 120 tons per day, with high quality and high purity.

The Minister wished the company further success in its plans to rehabilitate the high-density polyethylene granules production plant.

(Source: Minister of Industry and Minerals)

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Deep Data: GCC Electricity and Iraq’s Reliance on Iran

From Amwaj Media. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Deep Data: GCC Electricity and Iraq's Reliance on Iran

In connection with the recent Arab summit in Jeddah, Iraq and Saudi Arabia are forging ahead with efforts to connect their electricity grids.

The plan revolves around a new power line between the two neighbors with a capacity of 1 gigawatt (GW). Separately, Iraq and the Gulf Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) are advancing a scheme to power southern Iraq.

While Iraq has long been under pressure from the US and some Arab states to reduce reliance on energy imports from Iran, informed sources in Baghdad characterize the shifts underway as a win-win for all sides-pointing to burgeoning domestic demand in Iran, and the possibilities offered by a new regional electricity market.

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