Chamchamal brought in $7.5m from sales of local gas between 2017 and 2018: mayor

File Photo - Khor Mor gas processing plant in Chamchamal district west of Sulaimani (Photo Credit: BASF/File)

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SULAIMANI — Chamchamal Mayor Ramak Ramazan said on Sunday (January 17) that $7.5 million in proceeds from local gas sales was deposited in the district’s bank account at the International Kurdistan Bank in Erbil between March 2017 and September 2018 and used to improve local infrastructure.

The bank account was established at the end of 2016 so that local communities could benefit from the gas that is extracted nearby. The first deposit was made in March 2017 and continued through September 2018, Ramazan said during a press conference.

The funds were then used to help defray the cost of several infrastructure projects largely benefiting rural areas of the district, which is located southwest of Sulaimani city.

He said that $3.064 million was spent on tarring the roads leading to villages in Binari Gil by Abdulkarim Company and $2.187 million for running electric lines to villages in Qadr Karam sub-district, Jabari sub-district, and a village in Sangaw sub-district.

He added that $2.5 million was paid to Muhammad Fazil Company to tar roads in Nawshwan sub-district.

Another $116,120 was spent on the Chamchamal Water Refinery Unit project in Kani Shaitan.

“All the projects were advertised by the Council of Ministers, Natural Resources Ministry, and Sulaimani governorate, but the Chamchamal administration proposed, monitored, and followed up on the projects,” the official said.

He added that the KRG still owes the district $475,189, saying that cash transfers stopped in 2018.

“We, as the Chamchamal mayor, have the overall details about how the money spent and it is available to anyone wanting follow up and obtain information on it.”

(NRT Digital Media)