Gas contract feud highlights Kurdistan’s political rivalries

Unidentified gunmen have impeded trucks from loading LPG from the Khor Mor gas field, after competition between politically connected companies.
Gas contract feud highlights Kurdistan’s political rivalries
An engineer looks out over gas processing facilities at the Khor Mor field, which is operated by the Emirati companies Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas, in 2013. (JACOB RUSSELL/Iraq Oil Report/Metrography)

SULAIMANIYA/ERBIL - Internal divisions in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have broken into the open, as rival factions feud over a contract to transport liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the Khor Mor gas field.

Unidentified armed men allegedly blocked the trucking company SoorGaz from accessing Khor Mor after it won a contract that was supposed to begin in February, according to several security and political officials in Kurdistan. Supplies of LPG have been disrupted throughout all three provinces of the Kurdistan region, causing prices to skyrocket.

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