Terrorist Attack on Khor Mor Gas Field Causes Major Power Loss in Kurdistan Region

Terrorist attack on Kurdistan's critical Khor Mor gas complex causes major power crisis, prompting urgent action by Iraqi and Kurdish authorities to restore operations and security.

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Terrorist Attack on Khor Mor Gas Field Causes Major Power Loss in Kurdistan Region

Terrorist Attack on Khor Mor Gas Field Causes Major Power Loss in Kurdistan Region

A terrorist strike on the gas complex in Al-Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, has resulted in a significant power loss of 2500 MW and the suspension of operations by Dana Gas, the Emirati company that operates the facility. The attack, which occurred on April 26, 2024, killed four Yemeni nationals working as contractors at the site and injured eight others.

The drone strike caused damage to a condensate storage tank, prompting Dana Gas to temporarily halt production at the Khor Mor complex for the safety of its staff. The suspension of gas supply following the attack to the region's power plants has left the Kurdistan Region with only 1500-1600 MW of electricity available for emergencies, which is not enough to meet the energy needs of the area.

Why this matters: The Khor Mor gas field is a critical energy asset for the Kurdistan Region, estimated to contain over 7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. The attack has highlighted the vulnerability of the region's infrastructure and the ongoing security challenges that threaten the stability and economic development of the area.

The Ministry of Electricity in dire straits after the attack has stated that the only solution to the power crisis is the resumption of gas production from the Khor Mor field, as three giant power plants in the region are entirely dependent on this gas. The operation of power plants in Dukan and Darbandikhan Dams can only provide up to 500 MW, which is needed to operate drinking water pumps.

In response to the attack, Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid, Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, and Kurdistan Regional Government President Nechirvan Barzani convened to express their condolences. The Prime Minister has ordered the formation of a special team from various ministries to urgently address the situation.

The Kurdistan Regional Government has alleged that Iraq's PMF attacked the gas field. The President of the Kurdistan Region has provided information to the Baghdad government detailing the attack and the launch location of the drone. There are speculations that the attack may have been carried out by militia groups linked to Turkey or by internal parties serving external agendas to obstruct the rapprochement between Baghdad and Erbil on the gas file and prevent Iraq from achieving self-sufficiency in gas.

Dana Gas has since resumed gas operations at the gas field after the drone attack following 'concrete actions' by the governments of Iraq and the Kurdish region. The company has announced that new measures are being implemented to maximize the safety of all personnel and facilities.

The attack on the Khor Mor gas field has caused significant disruption to the power supply in the Kurdistan Region and raised concerns about the security of critical infrastructure. The Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government are working together to address the situation and prevent further such incidents. Prime Minister Al-Sudani has pledged to pursue those involved in the attack, stating, "The perpetrators of this cowardly act will not go unpunished, and we will take all necessary measures to bring them to justice."

Key Takeaways

  • Terrorist drone strike on Khor Mor gas complex in Kurdistan, causing 2500 MW power loss
  • Attack killed 4, injured 8, and prompted suspension of gas supply to regional power plants
  • Khor Mor gas field is critical for Kurdistan's energy needs, attack highlights infrastructure vulnerability
  • Kurdistan accuses Iraq's PMF of the attack, Baghdad forms team to address the crisis
  • Dana Gas has resumed operations after 'concrete actions' by Iraqi and Kurdish governments