Karbala Cuts Power to Cement Plant

Aswat al-Iraq news agency reports that Karbala’s Provincial Council has decided on Monday to cut the electric power supplied to the cement plant run by French company Lafarge.

“[The company] must get its power by itself and achieve an annual production of 30 million tons,” Tareq Gatifa al-Khikany, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Committee said.

“Due to the reduction in the electric power supplied for Karbala Province, the Province’s Council has decided to cut the power supplied to the Karbala Cement Plant and use the power for its citizens.”

He said that the Lafarge was supposed to generate its own electric power according to the contract it had signed.”

The plant, which has been operating for more than 6 months, is consuming 15 megawatts, out of the total share for the Province of 125 megawatts. The Province can only supply its citizens with one hour of power every 3 hours.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

One Response to Karbala Cuts Power to Cement Plant

  1. Nibras Hadi June 29, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    The sheer incompetence of the Karbala Provincial council does not cease to amaze me. Despite the terms in the contract stating that Lafarge is required to power itself, it still took six months to formalise the terms of the contract.
    It is a shame that this has occurred at the expense of the inhabitants of Karbala, who have suffered increased electricity shortages (1 hour of power every 3 hours) due to the incompetence of the Karbala Provincial Council.