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Brick Factories in Kurdistan Release Growing Concerns with Lack of Support from KRG

"Due to the higher cost of a better quality material, cheaper options are often chosen over red bricks."

Growing concerns for Brick factories have resulted in harsh criticism towards the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) due to growing concerns they are not receiving the financial support required to capitalize on the increasing requirements for building materials in Iraq. Out of the region’s 11 advanced brickworks which have a combined capacity to produce 860 million bricks annually, only five are currently in full operations. One of the largest, Hilal Bricks, has the capacity to produce 250 bricks annually and is the biggest producer of building materials in region. 

Saif Sanqrat, head of Hilal Bricks, added: “The main problem for our plant and others in the Kurdistan Region is the abundant production costs that make us unable to compete with other Iraqi plants in terms of price,” adding energy has not been subsidized for the company by the government, “The Iraqi government charges their plants 100,000 dinars for one ton of crude oil and 60,000 dinars for one kilowatt electricity, while the Kurdistan Region government sells one ton of crude for 360,000 dinars and one kilowatt of power for 120,000 dinars."

Mustafa Zubair, an engineer who is knowledgeable about this industry added, "according to our research and lab examinations, the soil of the Kurdistan Region in general and that of Erbil in particular is of the best quality … for the production of red bricks," Zubair said. Yet, due to the higher cost of a better quality material, cheaper options are often chosen over red bricks; Sarkawt Ibrahim, an engineer and owner of the Kurdistan Estate Consultancy office added, “what really drives our people to prefer blocks over bricks is that the price of the former is cheaper and makes building quicker.”


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