Suleimaniya to re­cy­cle soon

Farouq Hold­ing sets the cor­ner­stone of the first garbage re­cy­cling project in Suleimaniya

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In a cer­e­mony at­tended by many govern­ment of­fi­cials and busi­ness people, the cor­ner­stone of the first re­cy­cling project in Suleimaniya was put.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Suleimaniya Gover­nor Bahroz Mo­hammed Salih, Khas­raw Ka­mal, Deputy Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, Judge Sa­mad Ahmed, Head of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Board of En­vi­ron­ment, Farouq Mala Mustafa, Chair­man of the Farouq Hold­ing and Di­rec­tor of La­farge Mid­dle East.

In a cer­e­mony at­tended by many govern­ment of­fi­cials and busi­ness people, the cor­ner­stone of the first re­cy­cling project in Suleimaniya was put.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Suleimaniya Gover­nor Bahroz Mo­hammed Salih, Khas­raw Ka­mal, Deputy Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, Judge Sa­mad Ahmed, Head of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Board of En­vi­ron­ment, Farouq Mala Mustafa, Chair­man of the Farouq Hold­ing and Di­rec­tor of La­farge Mid­dle East.

Gover­nor Salih said al­though ac­cord­ing to the sta­tis­tics Suleimaniya is the clean­est city in Iraq “we thought of us­ing mod­ern tech­nolo­gies to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment of our city, es­pe­cially in terms of garbage treat­ment, which is a large en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sue in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Iraq.”

Salih said that based on a T.O.R is­sued by the gov­er­norate for a re­cy­cling project in April 2012, 23 lo­cal and for­eign com­pa­nies showed in­ter­est in the project.

“Af­ter in­ter­view­ing all of them separately, 15 out of these 23 com­pa­nies were given the ten­der of the project,” Salih told the at­ten­dants. “The eval­u­a­tion cri­te­ria were: first du­ra­tion of the project im­ple­men­ta­tion, sec­ond the size of the plant and pro­duc­tion line in the project, third the price for re­cy­cling each ton of garbage, and fourth the per­cent­age of land­fill, with the con­di­tion that it does not ex­ceed 20%.”

Based on these cri­te­ria La­farge and Farouq Hold­ing got the high­est rank­ing and the con­tract was signed in Novem­ber 2013.

Gover­nor Salih added that the du­ra­tion of the con­tract is 20 years and they have im­posed a con- di­tion on the two com­pa­nies that the prod­ucts should be in line ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

“The com­pa­nies are free on how to mar­ket the prod­ucts.”

This project is a new model and ex­pe­ri­ence in the his­tory of this re­gion in terms of con­tract and im­ple­men­ta­tion method­ol­ogy.

Ac­cord­ing to the con­tract, the im­ple­ment­ing com­pa­nies es­tab­lish the plant in Tan­jaro, near Suleimaniya. Within 18 months, they will get the garbage via the re­cy­cling com­pa­nies.

“The govern­ment pays US$18.8 for re­cy­cling each ton of garbage,” Salih added.

The project is de­signed to pro­duce land­fill from 20% of the garbage and the re­main­ing 80% will be pro­cessed into RDF and later on used to op­er­ate the Bazian Ce­ment Fac­tory, owned by La­farge, in­stead of fuel.

This will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and sav­ing en­ergy.

Suleimaniya Gover­nor talked about the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the project and said that in ad­di­tion to chang­ing the tra­di­tional way of get­ting rid of the city’s garbage and clean­ing the area from garbage, the project will help keep the city’s air clean and re­duce dis­eases and im­prove health sit­u­a­tion of the people of Tan­jaro and Suleimaniya in gen­eral.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics of the Iraqi Min­istry of Plan­ning, Suleimaniya is the clean­est prov­ince in the coun­try; and ac­cord­ing to the UNICEF data, the prov­ince is num­ber one in Iraq in terms of health care.

Gover­nor Salih men­tioned some other facts such as in­creas­ing the green area of the city from 1% to 10%, con­struc­tion of about 740 gar­dens and parks. Ad­di­tion­ally, 93% of the city and 84% of the whole prov­ince has healthy sewage sys­tem. 100% of house­holds in Suleimaniya have wa­ter and power sup­ply and fuel prob­lem is un­der con­trol. The aver­age age in Suleimaniya is 71.4 years, high­est among all Iraqi prov­inces.

“These fig­ures show that our prov­ince had wit­nessed im­prove­ments in all as­pects and sec­tors of life thanks to the suc­cess­ful plans of the KRG and Suleimaniya ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Salih said. “In ad­di­tion to the city of Suleimaniya, we are plan­ning to es­tab­lish re­cy­cling plants in four other lo­ca­tions within the prov­ince and soon we will an­nounce these projects.” Chair­man of Farouq Hold­ing also de­liv­ered a speech where he called the govern­ment to as­sign qual­i­fied people in gov­ern­men­tal po­si­tions to be able to de­velop the coun­try in a bet­ter way.

Mustafa talked about the sig­nif­i­cance of the project for pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment of Suleimaniya.

Di­rec­tor of La­farge also ad­dressed the at­ten­dants and talked about his com­pany’s ef­forts and keen­ness to use en­vi­ron­men­tal-friendly en­ergy.

He said that his com­pany is try­ing its best to use the garbage as a source of en­ergy.

“Suleimaniya Re­cy­cling Project is the most ad­vanced project in Iraq and the Mid­dle East,” he said con­grat­u­lat­ing Suleimaniya on this oc­ca­sion. “We all need to work to­gether to make Suleimaniya the clean­est prov­ince in Iraq and the re­gion.

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