Kirkuk will tap oil fund to fill gap in federal services

Provincial council will use its special oil-revenue fund to build a power plant – a move the Electricity Ministry says is not legitimate.
US soldiers looks at the remains of a car bomb which targetted head of the Iraqi Emergency Services in Kirkuk Colonel Ahmed Shamirani on September 27, 2010. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

KIRKUK - Local leaders plan to use oil proceeds to build a power plant in Kirkuk that will generate electricity exclusively for the province.

Over the summer, a power crisis highlighted the continuing failure of national authorities to continuously supply basic services like electricity. A new plant would help Kirkuk fill the gap between national supply and local demand, one of the many concerns of citizens in the still-violent northern oil hub.

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