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A Kurdish peshmerga fighter stands guard as new equipment arrives at Kalak refinery on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq, on Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo)

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter stands guard as new equipment arrives at Kalak refinery on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq, on Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo)

Dubai, Reuters—Abu Dhabi National Energy Co (TAQA), the state-owned oil explorer and power supplier, has suspended its activity at the Atrush Block in Kurdistan due to the instability in the region, a company statement said on Saturday.

“As a result of recent developments and escalating instability around the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, TAQA has suspended operations at the Atrush Block and, as a precautionary measure, significantly reduced staffing levels,” the statement said.

The Taqa-operated Atrush Block, located 50 miles (85 km) northwest of Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdish capital, is expected to initially produce approximately 30,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) with first oil expected by early 2015.

The company said it remained committed to oil and gas exploration of the field and still expected production to start by 2015.

On Friday, US warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Erbil after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent “genocide.”