TA’AZ Security 141 – IOC Contract Award July 2018

TA’AZ are delighted to have been Awarded a Contract to provide a large Static Guard Force to a new & valued International Oil Company Client from July 2018. Testament to the complete Team’s effort. The hard work will continue to ensure delivery to the standard expected of ourselves, and the Client. To support this Award, TA’AZ Training Academy are busy with Static Guard Courses doing what they do best preparing our personnel to represent TA’AZ Security 141.

July’s Close Protection and FPOS-I Courses will be completed by the end of July 2018 and TA’AZ Local personnel will be employed onto Current Projects with an Internationally Accredited and Certified qualification.

TA’AZ Security 141 – New Contract Award – September 2017

TA’AZ Security 141 are delighted to have been awarded the Contract to provide Static & Mobile Security Services to Novomet FZE. As always a Team effort through the Tender & Mobilisation phases with a successful result supporting a new & valued Client. Well done Team!

TA’AZ Security 141 Awarded OHSAS 18001 Accreditation

This month TA’AZ Security 141 has been awarded Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 Accreditation. This is an internationally applied British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems. This will assist in the delivery of our Security Services and, ensure standards are maintained, and exceeded where possible.

TA’AZ Senior Management were hugely appreciative of the effort the Team put in to achieve this Accreditation with a particular Thank You to our Training Manager, Doug Sneddon!

After retaining PSC 1 Accreditation also this month, OHSAS 18001 strengthens our position in the Security Industry and our desire to remain the Number 1 Iraqi Security Provider in Southern Iraq.


TA’AZ Security 141 complete first Mobile Security Task in Baghdad!

Following years of successfully operating throughout Southern Iraq, in April, May & July TA’AZ Security 141 completed our first Tasks in Baghdad. One of our Internationally Qualified Local Teams provided Mobile Security support to a valued commercial Client. The Team, all local to Baghdad felt ‘at home’ visiting various locations supported by a member of the Management Team who was on hand to liaise with the Client to ensure all ran smoothly. Assistance provided by the Communications, Logistics, Fleet, Operations and HR Departments ensured that each Task was a success. Local knowledge yet again proved to be invaluable and the all the Team did the Company proud to ensure that we delivered a quality and, bespoke service to our Client. Well done Team!

Range Day!

In March the TA’AZ Security Training Academy took over 70 of our Iraqi security staff through their annual range live firing practice. The instructors gave our staff tuition on marksmanship ensuring everyone departed the range with greater confidence and skill.

Never missing a training opportunity our Training Manager guided his Instructors through a thorough risk assessment of the activities. Safety is always our priority!

This annual practice is the last link in the loop of continuous training and assessment. The Team Leaders and Site Security Managers pass on their knowledge while conducting a thorough package of weapon handling skills. The package covers everything from correct firing positions to effects of the weather. Furthermore staff are given instruction on the ‘Rules for the Use of Force’ as well as guidance from the ‘International Code of Conduct’ (ICOC) and ‘The Voluntary Principles of Security and Human Rights’ (VPSHR). Consequently our team members are more able to make informed decisions in times of crisis.


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International Close Protection Course

International Close Protection Course.

TA’AZ Security 141 successfully completed their third Internationally Recognised Close Protection Course. The 16 day arduous course allows our Local National workforce to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding of what is required of a Professional Close Protection Operator.

The Course consists of 13 Modules ranging from the Roles and Responsibilities to Conflict Management. All 13 Modules have to be Successfully Completed along with a 2 hour question Test Paper.

TA’AZ Security 141 employs Local Nationals along with Expats allowing for Equality and Diversity throughout the company.

TA’AZ Security 141 Employs over 20 Fully Qualified Local National Close Protection Officers, all integrated with Expats and working directly with our International Clients within Command Positions.


International Close Protection Course

Client Extraction on Foot

International Close Protection Course


Security firm receives diversity award from UEL’s Noon Centre


A security company has won the 2016 Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business ‘Impact Award’ for its efforts to train and promote native Iraqis within the firm’s management ranks.

Dan Gawn, business development manager of TA’AZ Security 141, was praised for establishing ‘The Future Leaders’ Programme’, which equips Iraqis to take on management and leadership roles in Iraq alongside the company’s diverse management team.

TA’AZ Security 141 provides professional high-level security services to corporate clients in Iraq, with particular emphasis on oil sites and ‘close person’ protection.

Commenting on the award, Mr Gawn said: “TA’AZ Security 141 is very excited to have been recognised and acknowledged for the work we have been doing to promote diversity.

“The ability to have diversity with Iraqi and non-Western staff in positions of responsibility and authority is because TA’AZ has taken the time and used resources to train and lead these people. We are proud to be an Iraqi company that is helping  develop Iraq as a nation.”

The programme has been running since last year and has already trained 36 people – “and many more to go,” said Mr Gawn.

Collecting the award in Mr Gawn’s absence was Andy Roberts, logistics and fleet manger with TA’AZ Security 141. He explained that when the company first went to Iraq, it was clear they needed to have fully-trained Iraqi employees at every level, who could bridge the language and cultural gap between the company, its clients and local communities.

The awards ceremony was part of the Noon Centre’s annual Global Equality and Diversity conference held at the London Marriott Hotel West India Quay.

The Noon Centre, which is based at the University of East London (UEL), was founded by the late Lord Gulem Noon, who was Chancellor of UEL from 2013 until his death in October 2015.

A range of high-profile speakers attended, including Shabir Randeree, UEL’s recently inaugurated Chancellor, Lord Kamlesh Patel, UEL’s director of strategic partnerships, Jay Jadeja, CEO of Football for Peace, and Jo Swinson, the former Liberal Democrat MP.

Attendees from government offices, universities, professional institutes and the public sector had the chance to hear several keynote presentations and attend a range of seminars on how to better understand and develop diversity and inclusion practice in the workplace.

TA'AZ Security 141 Global Equality and Diversity Award Certificate

TA’AZ Security 141 Global Equality and Diversity Award Certificate

Please go to this link to view full article on TA’AZ Security 141 https://www.uel.ac.uk/News/2016/11/GED-Noon


PSC1 for TA’AZ 141

The process that started 8 months ago saw today the final on-site audit from American Global Standard. Dr Riyadh  congratulates the BD and Quality Assurance Manager Dan Gawn on TA’AZ Security 141 being recommended for PSC1 certification.

TA’AZ Security 141 is committed to providing quality to  their clients and the accreditation of the Quality Assurance Management System – PSC1  provides a global bench mark for private security companies (PSC).

TA’AZ Security 141 strives for continual improvement and sees this qualification as tangible evidence that it continues to seek out and adopt processes that support the company vision;

“To continue our position as No 1 Iraqi security provider in Southern Iraq”.

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FPOS-I Medical Training

TA’AZ Security 141 – has a Training Academy which conducts a wide variety of security and “oil and gas” support courses such as First Aid at Work,  Fire Safety, Food Safety and more advanced courses such as Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health.

The Training Academy has just completed First Person on the Scene- Intermediate  (FPOS -I) training for Expat and Iraqi Team Leaders. This is possible as the Training Academy is accredited by a UK based medical company to conduct this level of advanced medical training. Training was conducted in Rumaila at TA’AZ Camp on Contractor Row.

Photos below show extraction of casualty from a Road Traffic Accident.


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TA’AZ Mobile Security Teams receive “Best Performance Award” by Great Wall Drilling Company

TA’AZ Security 141 named for outstanding performance in southern Iraq oil field

Dubai, UAE, 28/6/2016 – Citing Professional Performance, Team Integrity, Work Spirit, and Continual Contributions from TA’AZ Security 141 operating for Great Wall Drilling Company (GWDC) Iraq-Branch Rumaila Project, the GWDC awarded TA’AZ Security 141 earlier this month as the company ramps up oil development and production in the region.  The Best Performance Award is a rare and coveted award given to GWDC partners far exceeding project requirements and expectations.

Mr. Zhang Quanwei, GWDC (Iraq-Branch) Health Safety and Security Manager said, “As we continue to increase our production capabilities in the Rumaila region, having a tightly integrated relationship with a leader in protection and security services, such as the TA’AZ Security 141, is mission critical. The level of safety and security provided by TA’AZ allow our teams to scale with focus along with the ability to satisfy the compliance and security needs requested by our enterprise customers”.

Steve Poka, Country Manager at TA’AZ Security 141 added, “We are honoured to receive this award from GWDC.  It underscores our commitment to excellence in protection and security for all of our customers seeking economic expansion within Rumaila, Iraq. Our teams are highly trained and cohesive units made up of both international and local security professionals”.

The award winning TA’AZ Great Wall 1 (GW1) and Great Wall 2 (GW2) teams comprise of the following professionals:


  • David Morice , GW1 Team Leader (New Zealand)
  • Bruce Hemopo, GW1 Deputy Team Leader (New Zealand)
  • GW1 Team Operators include Qasim Sackit Hassan, Kareem Badder Mijbus, Mustafa Abdulrahim Hadi, and Amar Hassan Chokan, all Iraqi nationals.


  • Ed Jennings, GW2 Team Leader (Fiji)
  • Matt Firmin, GW2 Deputy Team Leader (New Zealand)
  • GW2 Team Operators include Fouad Wafi Adlhassan Al Ghadhr, Gazwan Nuaman Hameed Alnosairy, Haider Hamza Murad Al Khazaely, Rafaat Abdulmahdy Hussein Alkhwarda, Azef Mahdy Fadi Alttoblamy, Hazim Adel Ghazi Alkhfaji and Ali Hamza Murad Al Khazaely, all Iraqi nationals.

Rumaila, Iraq, is a  super-giant oilfield located in southern Iraq approximately 32 km from the Kuwaiti border that produces 1,350,000 barrels per day (214,800 m3/d) making up 44% of Iraq’s oil production of 2.4 million barrels per day.  Forbes reported Rumaila to be the fourth largest oil field in the world.

TA’AZ Security 141 was awarded the Great Wall Drilling contract beginning in 2013.  TA’AZ Group, which is 100% Iraqi owned, is the only company operating in the southern Iraq region that offers the full suite of turnkey services that include Demining, Construction, Accommodation and Security.

About Great Wall Drilling Company:  Great Wall Drilling Company (GWDC), a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and an IADC member. GWDC is a privately owned oil and gas business, and founded in 1936.

GWDC provides integrated oil and gas well construction solutions for clients from well design, drilling operation and mud services to well completion in various surface and underground conditions. They offer wireline logging, mud logging and well testing operations based on the practical combination of advanced technologies. They integrate interpretation of data acquired from those operations offers solutions to a variety of geologic situations. The company expands services globally and vigorously for general contracting of oil reservoir development, well stimulations, adjustment plan preparation and integrated project management of oil and gas field development.

The key objectives of the company are to increase reserves through exploration, development and acquisitions, minimize production costs and maximize recoverable reserves.

About TA’AZ Security 141: TA’AZ Security 141 is part of the TA’AZ Group and is vital to the protection of client personnel and TA’AZ places great emphasis on the careful selection, training and support of these staff. Only personnel with extensive previous experience within the top international security companies are recruited. Successful candidates, once employed, are required to conduct continuation training on a regular basis.

TA’AZ Security 141 clients include Kuwait Energy, Weatherford, Eni, and Samsung among others.

About TA’AZ Group:   TA’AZ Group which is a 100% Iraqi-owned Company. It was founded in 1994 by Mr. Vahan Gregor and at that time specialized in Construction and Engineering. Mr. Vahan then created and developed TA’AZ Demining and TA’AZ Security as stand-alone companies that would complement each other so that clients can be offered true turn?key solutions.

Mr. Vahan is the sole owner of the TA’AZ Group and has selected and integrated Iraqi and expatriate managers to ensure that global experience and local knowledge are combined to create the best of both worlds for all clients.

TA’AZ Group customer philosophy is to build real, long-term relationships that will be mutually beneficial to the customer and to TA’AZ Group.

TA’AZ Group currently employs over 1,900 personnel and maintains offices in Iraq and Dubai.