Another refinery attack signals rising threat

Sunday's rocket strike on KAR Group's refinery complex in Erbil damaged a storage tank and highlighted increasing security risks for Iraqi Kurdistan's critical energy infrastructure.
The Kalak refinery, about 40 kilometers west of Kurdistan's capital city of Erbil. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

A rocket attack Sunday night damaged a storage tank at a refinery complex in Erbil — highlighting what appears to be an escalating threat against the Iraqi Kurdish company KAR Group, which operates the refinery and other critical energy projects in Iraqi Kurdistan.

"The fire was extinguished at dawn on Monday," said an official at the Kirkuk-based North Oil Company (NOC), which supplies the refinery with some of its crude feedstock. An official at the refinery also confirmed the attack.

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