Local leader threatens key Kurdistan gas pipeline

A political leader in Chemchemal has partially excavated the pipeline transporting the majority of Kurdistan's power plant feedstock.
Local leader threatens key Kurdistan gas pipeline
Abdullah Kwekha Mubarak, a local leader in Chemchemal, posted a picture on his Facebook page purporting to show an excavated section of a gas pipeline from the Khor Mor field.

SULAIMANIYA - A local leader in the rural Chemchemal area is threatening to destroy part of a gas pipeline - the first time that growing civil unrest in Kurdistan has posed a direct danger to energy infrastructure.

Abdullah Kwekha Mubarak, a member of the national council of the Gorran political party, said he has excavated a section of pipeline in the Shwan area, 5 kilometers north of Chemchemal town, which carries gas from the Khor Mor field to two of Kurdistan's major power plants. Mubarak posted a photograph of the partially exposed section of pipeline on his Facebook page, which he said "is located on my personal lands."

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