KNES se­condary stu­dents visit KOC

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Dur­ing the month of De­cem­ber, a group of se­condary stu­dents from Kuwait Na­tional English School (KNES) vis­ited the Kuwait Oil Com­pany (KOC) in Al-Ah­madi. It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. There were in­cred­i­ble minia­tures of oil wells, frac­tional dis­til­la­tion of pe­tro­leum in the re­finer­ies, the amount of oil tanks a ship can carry and the routes taken by ships to send oil to other coun­tries. It was an ex­cep­tion­ally in­for­ma­tive and in­ter­est­ing ed­u­ca­tional trip for our key stage 4 stu­dents.

The oil was found many decades ago in Kuwait. Oil and Nat­u­ral gas to­gether make up pe­tro­leum. Pe­tro­leum is a dark, oily sub­stance that is typ­i­cally liq­uid, but it can also be solid or gaseous. Pe­tro­leum is made nat­u­rally from the de­com­po­si­tion of liv­ing things. Lo­cat­ing a suit­able site for drilling is just the first step in ex­tract­ing oil. When it comes straight out of the ground, it is called crude oil. Dif­fer­ent chem­i­cal groups can be sep­a­rated out at re­finer­ies and petro­chem­i­cal plants. It was a very fas­ci­nat­ing and valu­able ed­u­ca­tional science trip for our stu­dents. They learned the story of pe­tro­leum and the many ways it shapes the world we live in.

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