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Kuwait Overview

Kuwait

in figures

Proven oil reserves:101.5 billion barrels

Oil production:3.05 million bopd

Proven natural gas reserves:1.78 tcm

Gas production:17.5 bcm

Kuwait: Reconfiguring the Downstream

Kuwait holds the fifth-largest oil reserves in the world, amounting to an estimated total of 101.5 billion barrels. The country’s petroleum export revenue accounts for more than half of its GDP and 95% of government income. Despite the global reduction in crude oil prices, Kuwait announced that it would spend USD 155 billion between 2015-2020 on 523 projects through it National Development Plan. USD 40 billion is earmarked for upstream developments and another estimated USD 40 billion for downstream projects. Kuwait Oil Company, the upstream subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, has set the ambitious target of raising its current production rate from 2.9 million bopd to 4 million bopd by 2020.

To accomplish this goal, Kuwait plans to implement EOR techniques and advanced technologies such as solar-powered turbines and steamflooding at heavy oilfields. In March 2014, GlassPoint Solar, producer of the USD 600-million, 1-GW concentrated solar power plant at the Miraah site in Oman, opened its first offices in Kuwait. Prior to the halt in operations at the Partitioned Neutral Zone, Kuwait Gulf Oil Company along with Saudi Arabian Chevron were engaged in efforts to launch a large-scale steamflood project to raise production at the Wafra oilfield. Also anticipated in 2018 is the country’s Lower Fars Heavy Oil Development Programme at the Ratqa oilfield.

To boost downstream capacities, Kuwait’s Clean Fuel Project will refurbish and upgrade facilities at the Mina Al Ahmadi refinery, built in 1949, and the Mina Abdullah refinery, built in 1958. To be completed in 2018, the expanded and combined infrastructure will increase output from 736,000 bopd to 800,000 bopd. In addition to works at the Clean Fuel Project, Kuwait’s Al Zour refinery is expected to come on line by 2019 with a capacity of 615,000 bpd, increasing Kuwait’s total refining capacity to 1.4 million bpd.

The Oil & Gas Year Kuwait 2019 is the most up-to-date and comprehensive report on the country’s hydrocarbons industry. The publication provides in-depth articles to highlight the entire value chain of the country’s hydrocarbons industry, from E&P to the midstream, downstream, power generation, oilfield services, finance and engineering and construction industries.

Ravi Varrier Al Rashed
Interview
Kuwait - August 17, 2020

Ravi Varrier, CEO of Al Rashed International Shipping Company, talks to The Energy Year about how the company has navigated…

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Abdullah Al Sanea
Interview
Kuwait - July 29, 2020

Abdullah Al Sanea, deputy managing director of Al Sanea Chemical Products, talks to The Energy Year about how the company has…

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Sanjay Punj Kuwait Al Muntaser
Interview
Kuwait - July 27, 2020

Sanjay Punj, managing director of Al Muntaser Trading & General Contracting Company (MTC), talks to The Energy Year about how…

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OULA Abdulhussain AL SULTAN
Interview
Kuwait - July 20, 2020

Abdulhussain Al Sultan, chairman of Oula, talks to The Energy Year about how the company has felt the impact of the Covid-19…

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Samira A. S. OMAR
Interview
Kuwait - July 14, 2020

Samira A. S. Omar, director-general of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), and Osamah A. Alsayegh, executive…

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Rabie Ruziek Terranaut
Interview
Kuwait - July 10, 2020

Rabie Ruziek, general manager of Terranaut Technology, talks to The Energy Year about how the company is navigating the…

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AL THARWA AL MUTTAHIDA GENERAL TRADING & CONTRACTING
Interview
Kuwait - June 11, 2020

Assaf Al Salem, managing director of Al Tharwa Al Muttahida General Trading & Contracting, talks to The Energy Year about the strength of Kuwait’s economy, its…

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Interview
Kuwait - June 10, 2020

Tareq Qaddumi, CEO of SPETCO, talks to The Energy Year about how the company has adapted to new workplace realities and the Kuwaiti government’s support for the…

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Interview
Kuwait - June 09, 2020

Herbert Klausner, CEO and general manager of Siemens Kuwait, talks to The Energy Year about how the company is maintaining critical infrastructure in Kuwait and how the…

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AL THARWA AL MUTTAHIDA GENERAL TRADING & CONTRACTING
Interview
Kuwait - December 31, 2019

Assaf Al Salem, managing director of Al Tharwa Al Muttahida General Trading & Contracting, talks to TOGY about demand for automated rigs and how the government is…

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