Officials from Iraq’s Al-Muthanna province have signed a agreement with a joint venture of Beirut-based Concritech and Australia’s Pentad Group to build an $2bn industrial city in Samawa City.

Al-Muthanna will provide 1.3 million square metres of land for the development. It will use Iraq’s State Industrial Design & Consultation Consultancy (Sidcco) as the primary engineering consultant.

Pentad Group will provide the financing for the project, while Concritech will manage the project and oversee a series of geological surveys and soil examinations on the site. Sidcco is the engineering arm of Iraq’s Ministry of Industry and Minerals and specialises in designing and building facilities for oil, gas, petrochemicals and fertilisers.  

Along with 10,000 housing units, the Samawa industrial city will include the following facilities:

  • Dyeing factory
  • Industrial/household detergent factory
  • Salt refinery
  • Water refinery
  • Cement plant
  • Concrete block plant
  • Pre-fabricated building material plant
  • Medical oxygen plant
  • Technical university   

Al-Muthanna already contains Iraq’s largest cement-producing plant, but the facility has been operating at diminished capacity since 1991. Concritech has also agreed to use Iraqi labour, which will provide thousands of jobs for Al-Muthanna’s 600,000 residents.

The Samawa industrial city is the latest Concritech project in Iraq. The Lebanese company has also been linked to large-scale industrial and infrastructure projects in Baghdad, Najaf and Samarra.