March 20, 2013 08:00 ET

CH2M HILL Selected to Provide Project Management Consultancy Services for the Iraq Common Seawater Supply Project

Project Is Critical in Supporting Growth in Iraq's Petroleum Production and Exports

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Mar 20, 2013) - CH2M HILL (, a global full-service consulting, design, construction and operations firm, announces that the company was selected by South Oil Company (SOC) of Iraq to provide project management consultancy services for the Iraq Common Seawater Supply Project. The contract is to manage the approximately US$3.5 to $4 billion Phase 1 of the Common Seawater Supply Project (CSSP), which involves the treatment, transmission, and distribution of 5.2 million barrels of water per day of seawater. The ultimate build-out capacity of the facility is anticipated to be approximately 12.5 million barrels of water per day.

The CSSP is considered a critical infrastructure project by the Iraq Government and the Ministry of Oil because it will provide much needed injection water to the oil fields of southern Iraq. The oil fields will use the seawater for enhanced oil recovery, where water is injected into the reservoir, allowing for increased oil production. The project officially started in January and is scheduled to be ready for operations in mid 2017, after which CH2M HILL will provide continued services and support through operations and maintenance (O&M).

"This is a significant opportunity for CH2M HILL to bring our experience and expertise in water treatment and transmission to such a critical project for the Iraq government," said Lee McIntire, CEO and Chairman of CH2M HILL. "This project further demonstrates CH2M HILL's ability to meet the complex needs of our oil and gas clients."

Over the course of the project, CH2M HILL will manage the following work:

  • High priority pre- front-end engineering site surveys
  • Environmental, safety, and health impact assessment
  • Front-end engineering design
  • Construction packages for site preparation and non-process buildings
  • Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages for the process, power plant, pumping facilities, and pipelines

"We are extremely pleased that SOC and the Iraq Ministry of Oil have selected CH2M HILL to assist them with the delivery of this key national oil infrastructure project," said Rob Berra, President of CH2M HILL's Energy and Chemicals unit. "Successful completion of the Common Seawater Supply Project will help Iraq build the necessary infrastructure it needs to regain its position as one of the largest oil producing countries in the world. Our team is pleased to be able to work closely with the staff of SOC to execute this significant project for the Iraqi oil industry."

In addition to managing the work of all Contractors and providing O&M support, CH2M HILL will also provide the following:

  • Procurement services for all contracts and major equipment
  • Training management
  • Start-up, commissioning and turnover management
  • Detailed design for the site preparation and non-process buildings

Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. With US$7 billion in revenue and 28,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record. The firm was named Water Company of the Year at the 2012 Global Water Awards. Visit us at,, and Search for jobs at