Dana Gas Suspends Operations at Khor Mor Field Following Deadly Drone Attack

Dana Gas, the UAE natural gas company that operates the Khor Mor has facility with Pearl Energy, has suspended operations at the Khor Mor gas field facility following the April 26th, 2024 drone attack which killed four and injured eight. The attack, which is still unclaimed, has been denounced by the international community, especially Jordan, Yemen, Iraq, and Kurdistan. The statement from the Yemeni Foreign Ministry reads below:

“The Ministry affirms that it is in continuous coordination and follow-up with the Embassy of our country in Baghdad, which is in intensive contact with those concerned in the brotherly Republic of Iraq and the authorities of the Kurdistan Region to find out the merits and circumstances of the incident.??The Ministry notes that it is working in coordination with the concerned authorities for the possibility of evacuating and delivering the bodies of the martyrs of Yemeni workers to the homeland, namely:?

1. Ali Abdoh Ahmad Nasser?

2- Yousef Yasser Hammoud Farea?

3- Essam Mohammed Ahmed Al-Kazmi?

4- Awad Abdo Ali Al-Mayass?

It also closely follows from the first moments the health status of the wounded, who were slightly injured and are now in a stable health condition. Make believe:

1. Munir Al-Jarbani?

2. Ammar Al-Qubaiba?”

Facility Production

This suspension of operations will significantly impact Kurdistan and greater Iraq as energy supplies plummet. Indeed, the effects have been felt already since April 26th when the Ministries of Electricity and Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government reported that gas supplies to local petrol station and residences halted. Within the first three hours of the attack, Iraqi Minister of Electricity announced that 2,500 megawatts of electricity had already been lost. The facility is considered the largest regional private sector upstream gas operation in Iraq with a current production rate of 106,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd). It also produces about 1,000Mt/d of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and 15,000 barrels per day (bpd) of gas condensate. The facility supplies the natural gas it produces to power plants in the Bazian, Erbil and Chemchemal areas.

The Attack

At approximately 1203 EST on April 29th, 2024, the initial reports began to indicate that a rocket attack was underway. Pro-Iraqi militia groups first reported the incident. However, the attack was not attributed to a drone until about 1430 EST by local Iraqi media. By 1600 EST, the Iraqi Security Media Cell made the first official announcement that an investigation was ongoing. By 0200 EST on April 27th, the first footage of the attack as published showing the drone strike a storage tank. In the bottom right-hand corner of the frame, a crowd of people, reportedly those injured and killed can be seen attempting to flee from the tank. In August 2022, the same field was struck by eight Katyusha rockets from Iranian-backed militias.

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Tessaron
United States Military Academy and American Military University Alumni. Victor covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.

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