Kurdish oil clients continue to increase
Deputy Head of the Committee of Industry and Energy in the Kurdistan Parliament, Dilshad Shaban, announced that exporting Kurdistan Region's oil is unceasing and 200,000 barrels in the Jeyhan seaport are being exported daily. He also stated that up until now, the KRG has sold oil worth one billion and 330 million dollars. He told "Hewler" newspaper that after the publishing of the well-known Texas decision, which in fact was very vital for Kurdistan, clients of oil industry have been increasing continuously and many are even asking for it.
As Mr. Shaban mentioned, the exporting of oil through the Turkish Jeyhan seaport will continue until the day the KRG and Baghdad come to an agreement on how much of the Region's oil will be exported through SOMO (State Organization for Marketing of Oil) and how much of it through the seaport of Jeyhan. Currently the Region exports about 200,000 barrels a day. It has sold 14 million barrels upto-now. Most of the money has been received but not all. Some of the money has been given to the employees of the public administrations and some of it to pay off the loans. The Ministry of Natural Resources has taken loans to pay the salary of the government employees from local and foreign lenders. If it wasn't for the Natural Resources Ministry and the loans it took out then the salaries could not have been paid.
Mr. Shaban also dismissed the rumours of Turkey's blockade of the Kurdish Region's money. "How is it possible that the exporting still continues? The news about this issue is far from the truth and it is actually baseless because if your money is blocked then the exporting will be blocked as well," concluded Mr. Shaban.