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.

TA’AZ Security provides initiative to counter low oil price

TA’AZ Security provides initiative to counter low oil price

TA’AZ Security has taken the initiative to reduce costs for clients who are using Mobile Security Teams. They have been able to do this by training Iraqi Team Leaders and Team 2ics with approved Close Protection and Medical courses. Clients now have the choice of Expat of Iraqi security staff.

Traditionally expatriates have filled these roles, but now TA’AZ has fully compliant and trained Iraqi staff members who can fill these roles.

TA’AZ Security Managing Director, Mr Adel Salman said “this initiative has given the whole company a lift – client usage (of MSTs) is up and we have had great feedback from our Iraqi staff, both from those that have been trained and also those looking for career advancement. We have spent a considerable amount of money on these guys – it is an investment in our future. There is still very much a requirement for Expat Team Leaders to lead and develop Iraq staff and also some of our clients prefer to have Expats (Team Leaders). It has also opened new doors for some of our Expats to step up to management positions”.

TA’AZ Training Academy headed by Doug Leggett and Alan ‘Del’ O’Connor who have many years’ experience with Mobile Security Teams and are vastly qualified instructors, led the courses and made sure that only those staff who met the stringent requirements were able to sit the final exams. TA’AZ Training Academy is fully certified by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance and runs dozens of different courses every year.

Some clients do still prefer to have an Expat Team Leader and Team 2ic and TA’AZ provides a range of configurations to meet client and compliance requirements. For these clients TA’AZ has reduced other cost such as daily vehicle rates in order to adjust for the reduction in companies’ security budget caused by the falling oil price.

TA’AZ Demining Attention to Detail Pays Off

TA’AZ Demining Attention to Detail Pays Off

There is no room for error when it comes to the clearance of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). On 20 January 2016 Rumaila Operating Organization (BP ROO) awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to TA’AZ Demining because of their experience, capability, capacity and attention to detail.

TA’AZ Demining has won the contract from national and international competitors and has again proven that Iraqi owned companies do have the professionalism, experience and capability to perform at the premier level in this “no room for error” sector.

Country Manager for TA’AZ Demining Mr Paul Albert said that “this award is another significant step for TA’AZ Demining and our insistence on quality, pain staking attention to details and customer satisfaction has paid off. We make sure that our staff are the best available in Iraq and from across the globe as well”.

The contract is to provide technical services to BP ROO for the next three years and will see TA’AZ Demining provide the following services:

  • Battle Area Clearance Teams – to start with their will be six teams and this will increase to 20 teams.
  • Support to Survey Teams – this is the provision of trained searchers to assist client survey teams.
  • Mine Risk Education (MRE) – the provision of mine awareness training to contractors.
  • Mine Clearance Team – on call as required.
  • Mechanical Support – provision of Armoured Front End Loaders, Armoured Excavators and Armoured Bulldozers.

TA’AZ Demining will operate from TA’AZ Camp located at North Rumaila and will utilise Expat and Iraqi staff in key positions of Project Manager, Operations Manager, HSE, GIS, Logistics and Technical Advisors.

Operations will start in late March 2016.