Iraq: Agility launches Center of Excellence
Agility, a global logistics provider, has opened a training facility known as the Center of Excellence, at the Rumaila Energy Park in southern Iraq.
In partnership with Strategic Analytics Team (SAT), the Center of Excellence offers training courses for the local workforce in the oil and gas industry, led by internationally accredited trainers. Training covers a wide variety of topics, including health and safety, lifting and hoisting, defensive driving, and logistics solutions. With SAT’s expertise in the field of operational logistics, courses will aim at meeting international oil and gas industry standards and focus on developing accredited local content, while enhancing the capabilities of Iraq-based contractors.
The inauguration of the facility was attended by representatives from oil and gas companies and academic institutions, as well as Iraqi government officials.
Colin Hindley, CEO of Agility Iraq, commented: “The Center of Excellence is part of Agility’s ongoing commitment to building Iraq’s infrastructure and human capital. We are strongly committed to building local capacity in our areas of operations, and this new center is part of this strategy.”
Paul Jorgensen, senior partner at SAT, said: “Our partnership with Agility makes the Center of Excellence the first of its type in the Gulf region. At SAT, we take pride in our knowledge and skills in the logistics business, and we are in a unique position to impart the same to aspiring professionals seeking further development. This is a very exciting opportunity for both SAT and Agility. With a fully developed culture of learning in an open environment that enables access to the latest information and technological innovations, we want the Center of Excellence to become the go-to resource for both logistics companies and students.”
The Rumaila Energy Park is a one million-square meter, fully serviced industrial park developed by Agility Real Estate to provide a one-stop-shop for companies operating in southern Iraq. The park includes warehouse facilities, workshops, lay-down yards, and offices. It is strategically close to the region’s major oil and gas subcontractors.
Agility Iraq has offices in Basra, Baghdad, and Erbil, serving international airports and the ports of Umm Qasr and Khor Al Zubair. Agility’s operations include freight forwarding (air, ocean, road), cross-border trucking, customs clearance, project logistics, open yard/warehousing distribution, approved HSSE training and route surveys. All of Agility’s operations in Iraq are ISO 9001, ISO 14000, and OHSAS 18001-certified.