Q8 vital arm of Kuwait’s foreign investments: Envoy
BRUSSELS: Kuwait’s ambassador to Belgium Jassem Al-Budaiwi yesterday praised Q8’s output and social outreach to the public during a visit to the company’s offices and its blending plant in the port city of Antwerp. “Kuwait Petroleum International, Q8, is a very important and vital arm of Kuwait’s foreign investment. We are very proud of it,” he said.
Budaiwi noted that Q8 is present in the three Benelux countries; Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and employs over 500 people in these three states. He added that the turnout of Q8 operations in the Benelux “has always been profitable and they have been making great investments and expanding their plants and business in the Benelux.”
Budaiwi made a tour of Q8 blending plant in Antwerp, which opened last May. “It is the biggest in Belgium and one of the biggest in Europe. This is something of which we are extremely proud of. It is very advanced and uses the most up-to-date technology,” said the Kuwaiti ambassador.
He also met Azzam Al-Muttawa, managing director at Kuwait Petroleum North West Europe and other staff members of Q8 and talked about their strategies, including social outreach to the communities in the three countries. “It is an excellent program. Q8 really reaches out to the people in the three Benelux countries and is doing very good community services,” he stressed. Budaiwi was also briefed about Q8’s fuel stations in the Benelux. In Luxembourg, Q8 has the third largest fuel station in the world. “This is something Kuwait is very proud of,” he noted. Q8’s Antwerp blending plant is sited on the banks of the River Scheldt and enjoys excellent access to the UK and mainland Europe by river, sea, road and rail. The Q8 brand refines and markets fuel, lubricants and other petroleum derivatives outside Kuwait. Its main activities are focused on Europe and the Far East.