Iraq: Karbala cuts electric power to Lafarge cement plant

Iraq: Karbala cuts electric power to Lafarge cement plant
Published: 30 June 2011

The council of Iraq’s Karbala province decided on Monday to cut the electric power supplied to the Karbala Cement plant, run by Lafarge, saying that the company "must get its power by itself and to achieve a production capacity of 3Mta," the chairman of the council’s economic committee said.

"Due to the drop 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 transform the power for its citizens," Tareq Gatifa al-Khikany, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

He said that the plant, "steered by the French Lafarge company, was supposed to prepare its own electric power, according to the contract it had signed."

Noteworthy is that the plant, run by Lafarge for more than six months, is consuming 15MW, out of 125MW the total share of the province, reaching to , forcing the province’s council to supply Karbala citizens with just an hour’s worth of power supply  for every three hours.

Khekany said that the French company "was committed to increase the plant’s annual production capacity to 3Mta."