Erbil power project halted after attack on foreign contractors

A dispute with a Kurdish sub-contractor ignites into violence, as attackers smash vehicles and work stops at the nearly completed, 300 megawatt Khabat power plant.
Erbil power project halted after attack on foreign contractors
A truck prepares to load at the Lanaz oil refinery on the Gwer road west or Erbil, March 31, 2015 (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Work on one of Kurdistan’s major new power plants has stopped after a Jan. 6 attack that was sparked by a commercial dispute between foreign companies and a local Kurdish subcontractor.

"Some individuals attacked the companies that are constructing Khabat thermal power power plant," said Rizgar Mustafa Muhammed, mayor of Khabat sub-district. "As a result, the companies have halted operations on the site.”

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