Kuwait says oil spill strikes its waters in Persian Gulf

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

On Saturday Kuwait said various services were investigating the incident but did not give the magnitude of the spill near Kuwait's southern Ras al-Zour area nor its cause.

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

On Saturday, however, Khafji Joint Operations, which manages the Kuwaiti-Saudi oilfield, said no oil leak had been detected in its area of operations.

"Nearby beaches will be cleaned once power and water plants are secured and the oil spill is put under full control", it added.

The Khajfi Joint Operations (KJO) said in a statement on the Saudi Press Agency early on Sunday that its facilities were safe and were clear of a spill "which (media) reports said was due to an oil tanker".

Ras al-Zour is where Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) is building the Middle East's largest oil refinery, with a processing capacity of 615,000 barrels per day and $11.5 billion worth of contracts.

The Kuwait Petroleum Corporation said teams from Saudi Arabian Chevron and the Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) had joined the teams cleaning the coastal waters.

General Director of Civil Defence and the panel secretary, Brigadier Abdulaziz Rashid Al Amer, highlighted that the Chief of Public Security and head of the committee directed to look into the matter and take the necessary steps and plans to deal with such accidents, in which it turned to be that Bahrain is far from the oil spill.

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