Permitting Requirements for IOC Operations in Iraq - Exxon / Mobil
UNISHKA partnered with Coffee International to identify and document the requirements for an International Oil Company (IOC) to design, build, and operate a major oil production facility in Iraq. UNISHKA examined and documented the applicable legal, permitting, licensing, and regulatory requirements, as well as business processes, needed to establish the facility in the southern area of Basra. UNISHKA documented the necessary, critical interfaces with nine separate ministries, ministry directorates, provincial governments, regulatory authorities, and local jurisdictions required during the planning, design, procurement, construction, startup and testing, and operations of the facilities. Examples of deliverables included documentation of the legal frameworks and process workflows associated with project activities: Provincial/Local Laws, Governmental Regulations, National and International Guidelines and Standards for Oil Field Operations, National Assembly Law, Conservation of Hydrocarbon Resources, Environmental Protection, International Metering Standards, and Water Well Drilling Regulations. More than 15 processes were documented linking laws and regulations with work flows for each process including Environmental Impact Assessment; Water Abstraction Permitting; Construction & Operation of Water Treatment Facilities; Construction & Operation of Water Intake Facilities; and Construction of Production Facilities, Camps, Offices, and Administrative Buildings.
Risk Assessment & Process Documentation for Vehicle Registration / Licensing
in Iraq - RTI
The Research Triangle Institute (RTI), operating camp facilities and transportation services for international aid organizations in Iraq, requested UNISHKA assistance to perform a risk assessment and document the processes to necessary to complete the importation, inspection, registration, and licensing of its fleet of vehicles operated by RTI. UNISHKA investigated and documented the importation, customs/tariffs, and registration processes. UNISHKA subsequently represented the company before Iraq governmental agencies and successfully carried out negotiations with the appropriate Government of Iraq tax authorities for fleet deployment. UNISHKA identified and prepared 20 essential documents in English and Arabic needed for compliance with multiple jurisdictional authorities. UNISHKA worked with representatives and officials in Government of Iraq ministries, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Justice for each vehicle. All vehicles were properly registered, licensed, and subsequently legally placed in service throughout different operational zones.
Resettlement, Land Acquisition Legal Framework Compliance - Shell Oil
On this assignment, UNISHKA reviewed, documented, and presented conclusions regarding Shell Oil's compliance with the International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 5 (IFC PS5) and Government of Iraq (GOI), laws governing Consensual, Judicial, and Administrative Land Acquisition. UNISHKA's final report addressed commonly accepted practices and legal requirements; rights for the protection of indigenous peoples, nomadic tribes, and citizens with freehold estates; and rights of Alezmah and Tasaruf for estate ownership.