A Workforce Solutions Success Story
AWI received our first local national staffing assignment on February 4, 2007 to
staff 83 professional, skilled and unskilled positions for KBR in support of United
States Consulate Life Support project in Basrah, Iraq. The severe violence in the
city fueled by sectarian religion presented a major challenge to standing up the
site. We developed the recruiting, screening and vetting process in cooperation
of the local tribe leaders within vicinity of the site to successfully stand up
the site within the proposed mobilization schedule.
After the success at U.S. Consulate project in Basrah, AWI’s innovated partnerships
with local tribes was recognized and AWI was awarded the contract to 700 local nationals
for Cape Inc. on March 13, 2007 in support of the construction of Iraqi Army 10
Division Project in Basrah, Iraq. Within 30 days, AWI provided:
In addition to providing a vetted and qualified labor pool, local tribes delivered
static and mobile security at the site ensuring a safe work environment and pathway
for labor and supplies.
Today, AWI provides over 1000 professional, skilled and unskilled local nationals
workforce in support of various clients at geographic diverse locations including:
Adder Air Base Nassiryah south of Baghdad
Consolidated Operating Base Kalsu south of Baghdad
Victory Base Complex at Baghdad International Airport
Old Muthana Airport in Baghdad
Forward Operating Base Diamondback in Mosul
U.S. Consulate in Erbil, Iraq
An Equipment Rental & Maintenance Solutions Success Story
AWI was awarded the contract by KBR to provide 12 USG fuel trucks without operators
and with full maintenance support in September 2008. Due to the high confidence
of our integrity, abilities, and performance for the past three years, AWI was again
awarded the contract in September 2010 and continues the service today.
AWI provided new fuel tankers meeting all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ standards.
All of the tankers are lined with polyurethane coating, equipped with special safety
valves, connections, loading heads, automatic shut off nozzles, meters (to record
in U.S. GL), retractable hose reels and pumping apparatus. These items were procured
from the U.S., assembled in Dubai, and delivered to Iraq meeting all safety requirements.
Over the past three years, over 527,000,000 liters of fuel has been safely transported
using twelve 5000GL fuel tankers and four 10,000GL fuel tankers to run on 20 different
routes to fuel 1,050 generators and two power plants on daily basis within the Victory
Base Complex, Baghdad, Iraq.
A Procurement and Logistics Services Success Story
On the 9th of December 2009, AWI received an urgent request from SOC LLC to supply
and deliver before the 23rd of December the following vehicle requirements:
(14) new pickup trucks
(3) three used 49-passengers buses
(10) ten new 29-passengers buses
(5) five Canter model trucks
Due to the extreme short timeline, AWI quickly responded putting our procurement
and logistic teams locating and securing all trucks and buses from the local markets
in Iraq and Kuwait.
A major challenge was transporting the 14 pickup trucks procured from Kuwait delivered
to Camp Victory site. During the early morning of December 23rd, the trucks were
on the way to Victory Base Complex when the drivers were detained by Iraqi police
on route Irish check point. The drivers were informed they were driving after curfew
hours and the seized trucks were towed to Al-Bayaa police station.
AWI understand the urgency of this critical mission and the sensitivity of transportation
element to stand up Camp Victory. Our logistics team quickly responded to this issue
by supplying alternative trucks that were owned by the company, borrowed, or rented
from local resources at no cost to the client.
AWI’s legal department immediately arranged to release the trucks and the drivers
that were all available the following day. AWI’s commitment to the success of our
customers and innovated thinking were well appreciated by SOC’s in-country management
and corporate leadership. Today, AWI is a strategic partner for SOC in Iraq providing
premier procurement services.
A Construction Services Success Story
In August 2009, AWI received our first construction contract with the United Nations
Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for their security enhancement work at the UN
Logistic Base located in the Baghdad International Airport.
AWI provided all material, labor, supervision, management, equipment, and tools
Supply and install 190 linear meters pre-cast reinforced concrete, 5000PSI and 6
meter height T-walls around the main building on a reinforced concrete pathway
Secure T-walls with steel wire rope to lateral beams constructed from reinforced
Relocate 16 light fixtures from the roof of the main building to the top of the
Prepare 1500 square meter crushed stone yard around the main building
Fabricate 487 liner meter Chain link fence with 600mm diameter razor wire concertina
and two 9 meter wide gates.
The type of construction work included leveling, grading, excavation, backfilling,
compaction, civil work to cast T-wall pathways, construction of support beams and
fence columns, electrical terminations and reconnections, welding and painting.
During the installation of the blast walls, AWI engineers noticed a change in site
conditions which indicated the soil bearing capacity not being strong enough to
support the blast walls. This condition required an immediate change in the design
and scope in order to ensure the safety and security of the site.
The AWI team submitted our concerns along with the rationale and facts of the findings
and submitted a new design recommendation to the UN engineers. The changes to the
scope of work were immediately accepted and the new design was implemented.
UNAMI Engineers were impressed with the quality of materials used and the professionalism
of our site engineers and design team, which demonstrated we did everything possible
to do the right thing at the right time. With this level of confidence, UNAMI has
awarded AWI with several other projects.
Creating Success Stories for Companies Doing Business in Iraq
AWI has been providing quality business services for the international business
community in and for Iraq for over 40 years. As Iraq continues to evolve, constant
changes in policy and rule are the norm. Through our natural cultural awareness,
understanding of legal jurisdictions, local labor laws, and the workings of the
government of Iraq, we provide companies with the tools they need for success.
We maintain a mature logistics process, secure customs procedures, and excellent
relations with local governments with our established supply chain and capabilities
to access suppliers and ship materials from global markets. These include the delivery
over $50M of materials from Dubai, US, China, Spain, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi,
UK, Nether, Korea and Egypt to Iraq.
With our comprehensive range and reliable service to expedite and complete the requirements
of those companies doing business in Iraq, we have helped several companies navigate
through areas such as:
Cultural and language barriers
Local rules and regulations
Legal advice and assistance
Personnel entry/exit visa issues
Registration Processes for company, vehicle, and personnel
Banking Issues including bank guarantee requirements
Office Space Leases
Procurement and Logistics
For PAE, we provided business services to assist them obtain their entry/exit visas
for all of their personnel when the Government of Iraq changed the requirements.
For KBR, we provided the necessary legal advice and updates on new rules and regulations
being set forth by the Government of Iraq.
For SOC, LLC we provided the necessary assistance in finalizing their financial
statements to meet local requirements, filed their Iraqi taxes, and introduced them
to the local Iraqi banking system.
For AMK9, we are sponsoring them in Iraq and providing an Iraqi manager in addition
to securing an office lease in order for them to have a local presence.
For Cape, Inc., we provided travel services, Visa assistance, transit accommodations
as well as legal advice and assistance to set up local branches in Iraq.
We have the expertise and know-how to help you with the rules and regulations of
doing business in Iraq. AWI’s expert staff members provide the support companies
need to navigate and complete these processes.