ERBIL — The Spokesperson for Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Safin Dizayee, on Wednesday released an official statement to respond to Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi’s recent statement about Erbil’s oil production and incomes, saying the premier’s figures are “incorrect”.
“Mr. Abadi said the KRG exported 450,000 barrels of oil per day during October 2017. It is obvious that following the developments on 16th October 2017, the Havana and Bayhasan oilfields [in Kirkuk] fell under the control of the Iraqi government. 250,000 bpd were being produced in the two oilfields, and were no longer exported [by the KRG from the date],” reads the statement.
It further explains that after the Iraqi central government cut KRG’s share from the federal budget in January 2014, Erbil started exporting oil and spending its income to pay salaries of its employees.
“Contradictory to Mr. Abadi’s claim, between 16th October and the end of 2017, KRG exported 265,970 bpd, and its income was less that 2 billion Iraqi Dinar.”
The KRG also questioned the datas at the Iraq’s oil ministry which Abadi relied on during his last weekly press conference, saying the figures are not accurate as Iraq’s membership has been suspended at the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) for failing to fulfil duties and follow a transparent oil policy.
Concerning KRG’s expenditure on its public servants’ salaries, Dizayee said 850 billion IRD is required to pay full wages. However, the KRG, since adapting an economic austerity, needs 600 billion IRD to pay the salaries. Abadi claimed earlier this week that the total budget required for KRG’s public servants’ salaries is 300 billion IRD.
The KRG spokesperson also criticised Baghdad’s policies in slashing Erbil’s share form the federal budget for the year 2018, as well as the KRG’s share from medical supplies which is vital to its hospitals.