Kuwait says oil spill strikes its waters in Persian Gulf

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

But Kuwaiti media quoted local oil experts on Sunday as saying the spill originated from an old 50-kilometre pipeline from the oilfield.

In remarks carried by Kuna, KJO public and government relations officer Riyadh Al Hassan, said the company had put an emergency plan into action "immediately following the reports about oil leakage from an oil tanker in northeastern Arabian Gulf waters", including aerial surveillance of the operations zone.

"Emergency oil teams are still working to put an oil spill near Kuwait's southern Ras al-Zour area under control", the statement said, citing Seikh Talal al-Khaled al-Sabah, Kuwait's oil sector spokesman.

Sheikh Talal said precautionary measures have been taken around vital installations in Al-Zour area where a huge $30-billion oil complex including a 615,000-barrel-per-day refinery is being built. It says officials want to protect waterways, power plants and water facilities first, then clean surrounding beaches.

Kuwait depends largely on desalination for its fresh water supplies.

There were no official reports about the source or size of the spill in the waters near the Al-Khafji field.

Kuwaiti authorities on Saturday were working on containing and cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said in a statement.

Bahrain's National Disaster Management Committee has also announced that the kingdom's regional waters are not affected by the oil spill.

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