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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  3.7.2012   

July 3, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Exxon Mobil chief executive to arrive in Erbil soon

Erbil: The president and chief executive officer of the US ExxonMobil Corporation is expected to arrive in the Kurdistan Region capital, Erbil, in the few coming days. Rex Tillerson will meet with senior Kurdistan officials over ExxonMobil's oil contacts with the Iraqi region, said an informed source who spoke on condition of anonymity. He added meeting with Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Kurdistan oil officials are high on the agenda of the visit. The source expected "positive" consequences of the visit for Kurdistan. AKnews contacted Ashti Hawrami, Kurdistan natural resources minister, and his adviser Sirwan Abu-Bakir, but they refused to comment about the visit of ExxonMobil

ABB set to build plant to supply power to Kurdistan

Zurich, Switzerland: ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won orders worth around $120 million from KAR Construction and Engineering Company Ltd. to design and build a power plant and construct two 400/132 kilovolts (kV) high-voltage substations that will supply power to the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. The 640 megawatt (MW) open cycle power plant will use natural gas from the Khormala oil field and light fuel oil (LFO) as backup to generate electricity from gas turbines. Two 400/132 kV high-voltage substations will help feed the power into Iraq`s regional and national grid, and also supply electricity to the Khormala oil field. There are plans to convert it into a combined cycle power plant in the future, increasing its capacity to 1,000 MW. This power plant will be the first in the region to feed power into the 400 kV national grid through the new Erbil Center 400/132 kV air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation. Since 2007, ABB has designed and built three power plants with a total capacity of 2,000 MW to supply electrical power to the regional grid in the Kurdistan

Kurdish official: Withdrawing confidence from Maliki "impossible"

Erbil: It is "impossible" to win the bid to withdraw confidence from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as most of the parties have drawn back from the bid, said second deputy for speaker of the House of Representatives. There are only Kurds and some MPs from the Iraqiya List who still demand withdrawing confidence from Maliki, said Aref Tayfur. Tayfur continued it is impossible to withdraw confidence from Maliki but in the House he will be interrogated anyway. Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC) MP added the Sadr Current which sided KBC and Iraqiya in the bid against Maliki "was not serious from the beginning and when the time for withdrawing confidence came, it drew back."

Any merchant who deals with illegal animals will be penalized

Erbil: The director of Erbil Veterinary announced that any traders and shop owners who deal in the trade of prohibited animals will be penalized. Hamid Mohammed said investigations with traders who import and export banned animals according to the region's law will begin in two weeks’ time. Mohammed added: "We've' been told that there are some people trading prohibited animals. Traders and shop-owners are not allowed to do so." The ban includes red meat, white meat, fish, dairy milk and eggs. The decision was made by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in the region.

Zardoshti era graves discovered in Duhok

Duhok: Two graves dating back to the first millennium B.C. have been discovered in a village in Duhok province, an official said Saturday. The graves were discovered in Barash village of Chamanke town, said Hassan Ahmed Qasem, Duhok archeology director. Qasem added both graves are circular and built on a hill. The center of the graves is rectangular. The rectangle is two-meters deep in one of the graves and in the other 1.5m. Both graves date back to the first millennium B.C. and to the era of Zardoshtis, Qasem said.

Poor Turnout at Erbil Furniture Fair

Erbil: Erbil’s international furniture fair received a lukewarm reception from local residents. Two hundred companies from 12 countries participated at the event held at Erbil’s fairgrounds, but the sweltering heat meant the fair had a poor turnout. The high prices of furniture and electronics on display might have also discouraged visitors. Home sets cost as much as $100,000, a hand-designed dining set was $48,000 and a bed set was worth $10,000. Around 70 percent of the companies were from Turkey, with the rest from Italy, China, United Arab Emirates, Syria and Lebanon. Hassan Ahmed, head of an Iraqi furniture company, said domestic manufacturers could produce better products than some foreign companies if circumstances were more conducive. “Turkish furniture is very advanced and that is why it is expensive,” said Ahmed. “The pieces made in Iraq have an old style and decorations. There has been no innovation to them.” Ayhan Yilmaz, a representative of the Turkish company ByKepi, said he wants to “introduce Kurdistan’s people to a new style and design of home furniture and appliances.” Some of those who visited the fair said they were not impressed. “I did not see anything new and everything here is already available in the market. Besides, it was more expensive,” said Miriam, who visited the fair with her

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