Civilian Foreign Companies working at Camp Bastion

Hi there everone,

I am just looking for some help with a bit of Market Research. I am wanting to know where I can either find a list of or be given a list of the foreign companies working at Camp Bastion or even have bases just outside the wire.

Can anyone help me with this request?

Thanks for your help in advance

Habitat used to have the rug shop on the main road, but I think they've had to sell up.
Ever since the "Allied carpets" moved in.
And the fact that the "Ancient Afghan Kilim" range turned out to be cheapo, modern carpets left in the road for the traffic to pass over and "age" them. Bloody robbers.
When I was there a few months ago one of 5 SCOTS companies looked a bit 'foreign' with all the Fijians.
Was this one of your airborne Operation Diversity trips, Fally?


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Interesting Info:
Afghanistan Facilities

Anyway, in Bastion? Lots and lots of companies, both Afghan and others, ranging in size from KBR through Turners right down to the EFI and Pizza Hut - as well as CONDO contractors, etc.

Contractors, Sir - Farsends of the buggers......................


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Old yr out of date now ?

The runway handles much more than C130 - and now it's a Role 3 hospital

Lashkar Gah
Lashkar Gah is the capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand. It is located between the Helmand and Arghandab rivers. Helmand is one of Afghanistan's more arid climates despite its proximity to water. It is linked by highway to Kandahar, Zaranj, and Herat. Temperatures range from 55 degrees Celsius in the summer to minus 40 degrees in the winter.

Lashkar Gah Provincial Reconstruction Team (Camp Bastion)
The United Kingdom is responsible for the Lashkar Gah PRT. Camp Bastion, the main British outpost in Afghanistan and the headquaters of the PRT, is located in the middle of Helmand province. The camp, two other smaller bases and an airfield capable of handling C-130 Hercules, CH-47 Chinooks, and AH-64 Apaches were built at a cost of 50 million pounds British Royal Engineers have built hangars, temporary portable aircraft arrestor equipment, oxygen and nitrogen production plants and an environmental conditioning, design, installation, and maintenance facility. Bastion's Role 2 Enhanced, 50-bed field hospital has facilities for the seriouly ill and injured, intensive care, high-dependency patients, surgery, physiotherapy, and dental, mental health, x-ray and laboratory provisions. The camp is home to 2000 troops and an adjacent base is occupied by 2000 Afghan National Army troops Perimeter surveillance and protection is provided by radars that can detect human movement out to a distance of 20 miles
thought you m ight like to see this too:

Construction work within Camp Bastion is usually put out to international tender and, given the constraints of working on the site, firms that are experienced in prefabrication are likely to be preferred. The US contractor Recon International, which built the dining hall and has completed about 120 projects in Afghanistan, has offices and a prefab factory in the country. Site-specific prefab was also heavily used in the new prisoner-handling facility. The steel cells for the scheme, supplied by Yorkshire-based contractor Thurstons, had to be designed to fit into a transport aircraft and were flown in.

Bastion is also the base for managing projects beyond its gates. There are more than 160 new military infrastructure projects now taking place in Afghanistan. Those in Bastion are overseen by the camp’s facilities manager, Major Ian Webster, a Territorial Army soldier. Away from Afghanistan, Webster is a chartered surveyor who runs, a planning business that operates in London and the South-east. He is one of a number of UK construction professionals in Camp Bastion. Jackie Tarrant, an architect at London-based practice Devereux, works with Webster and has used skills honed on healthcare projects in the UK in the design for Bastion’s hospital extension.

Serving in the TA can lead to unexpected encounters, according to Major Colin Murray. A health and safety manager at Countryside Properties, he is in charge of engineer logistics in Bastion - which makes him the local superior of his boss at Countryside, Dave Hudson, who is also a TA soldier. “He gives me stick all week and he gets it right back at weekends,” says Murray.

Beyond the wire
Whether you are an engineer or a soldier, anyone involved in the reconstruction of Afghanistan must work with the knowledge that Taliban fighters may be waiting in the shadows, ready to ambush or hide improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in fields, tracks and houses. The danger is real. Every man and woman must pull on 20kg of body armour and a helmet just to step outside the camp. For the army’s construction workers, the weight of ammunition, water, radios, weapons and rations takes the total to 55kg - eight and a half stone.

Construction work outside the wire is - for security reasons - carried out by army construction personnel and Afghan contractors, although those working in the region anticipate that when Afghanistan is able to govern itself, international contractors will become involved with reconstruction work as they are in Iraq.

Air traffic control centre, Camp Bastion
Captain Simon Clarke, who heads the Military Stabilisation Support Team working as project managers with soldiers from 2 Para on reconstruction, says: “During our six months here all my team members have, at some point, been shot at or otherwise involved in an incident involving an insurgent. As soon as you leave the front gate of a patrol base or a checkpoint, that’s it - you’re a target.” He adds that some of his team have also “been singled out by name in ’night letters’” - threatening letters delivered at night to locals by the Taliban.

Physical construction work in the most dangerous areas is carried out by the Royal Engineers, with Afghan civilian builders employed alongside them in the less dangerous areas. The Royal Engineers are supported by battle groups who, as well as pushing back the Taliban, are charged with managing consultation with Afghan elders on work to rebuild schools and villages, through community meetings known as shuras.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Harrison of 2 Para says: “Across my 200km2 of area I have six weekly shuras in six villages. Six occasions to revive the traditional Afghan method of local governance, six opportunities to resolve conflict without resorting to the violence of the past. Understanding and rebuilding the communities is as important as the fighting we do.”

As well as community reconstruction, the army often has to build patrol bases to protect itself. These bases are built from a British prefabricated system called Hesco, made of steel-welded mesh. The Royal Engineers work on the bases in the open, in full body armour.

The threat of disruption to projects inevitably means that security around sites is paramount in preventing both attacks on workers and Taliban attempts to sabotage the site. Staff Sergeant Charlie Goldwyre of the Royal Engineers says: “The first thing we do is build a deep trench around the perimeter. The irrigation systems here in Helmand allow the Taliban to flood the land. The trench is a good method to prevent that.”

Getting materials to site is also extremely challenging. The local culture is that of “Inshallah” - “God willing” - which can result in uncertainty about the arrival time of locally-sourced materials. On top of this, the Afghan drivers who deliver aggregate have become targets, and face attack and threats to themselves and their families. Each delivery of materials, plant, fuel or tools requires a carefully planned military convoy.

Cultural issues can also arise over the design of the buildings. Some parts of Helmand have not changed in 2,000 years, with single-storey homes and compounds made of mud and straw a regular feature of the desolate, war-torn country. Against this backdrop, it is all too easy to make design errors by failing to take enough account of cultural differences.

This was the case on a police station project in Spin Majid. The station was built with a diesel generator to provide heat and power, but the Afghan National Police are recruited from rural areas where there is no diesel and people like to cook over an open fire. The policemen knocked holes in the new ceiling for the pipes of wood-burning stoves.

Looking to the future
Although the army’s engineers are trying to develop capacity in the Afghan construction industry, it is an uphill task and skilled workers and companies are sorely needed. This is partly because, four years ago, the Taliban ransacked the Shahzad headquarters of the country’s biggest contractor, the Helmand & Arghandab Construction Company, effectively destroying the firm.

With the hole this has left in the country’s skills base, combined with the growing list of construction and reconstruction projects needed both by the military and the Afghan community, it is likely that there will remain a solid pipeline of opportunities for Western firms and individuals. But the abilities required are markedly different from those needed on any other project.

When asked what skills civilian contractors need to win contracts with the military, Lieutenant-Commander Richard Wild, the lead for contractor liaison for Camp Bastion, said: “The successful contractors are often the ones that employ former military personnel. They understand the unique way we work and know logistics.”

As well as skills in prefab, experience in military work and logistical expertise, however, anybody hoping to work in Afghan construction is going to need a spirit of adventure - and a lot of guts


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PS Gawd bless EFI........absolute lifeline.....

PPS - Civilians on Ops - must be a good thing because current S of S said so ( when he was in Opposition , that is.....)


''There is no doubt that civilians play a key role in supporting our Armed Forces and the on-going operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,'' Fox points out. So it is not clear why the MoD cannot formulate a coherent policy in its use of contractors. Skilled personnel of the type of these contractors is very hard to come by--indeed some of them were trained in the Armed Forces to help develop projects and maintain equipment that they are still working on. There are not hundreds of contractors who can build components for a Harrier, or programme guided missiles.

Misguided Policy
Fox points out that a misguided policy of belt-tightening is behind all this pseudo-legal temporising. ''This policy has budget restraints written all over it,” Fox says.

Fox has already committed a future Tory government to maintaining current spending levels on the Armed Forces, and to improving support for them. " There is no doubt that civilians play a key role in supporting our Armed Forces and the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan"
Dr. Liam Fox-Conservative Shadow Defence Secretary

In an interview given the first week in March, Fox insisted that it would be ''inconceivable'' that the defence budget could be cut while the forces were still fighting a war in Afghanistan. Fox made this commitment despite the indications of ongoing disputes within the shadow cabinet over commitments to NHS funding.

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2008

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