Emer­gency teams bat­tle oil spill off Kuwait

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Kuwait City, Kuwait - Emer­gency work­ers are bat­tling to con­tain an oil spill near a joint Kuwaiti-Saudi oil­field in the Gulf, an of­fi­cial said on Sun­day.

“Emer­gency oil teams are still strug­gling to put an oil spill near Kuwait’s south­ern Ras al Zour area un­der con­trol,” said Kuwait Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion spokesman Talal al Khaled in a state­ment car­ried by the of­fi­cial KUNA news agency.

There were no of­fi­cial re­ports on the source or size of the spill in the wa­ters off Kuwait’s south­ern coast, near the joint Kuwaiti-Saudi off­shore Al Khafji oil­field.

Kuwaiti me­dia how­ever on Sun­day quoted lo­cal oil ex­perts as say­ing the spill orig­i­nated from an old 50km pipe­line from Al Khafji.

The ex­perts es­ti­mated that as many as 35,000 bar­rels of crude oil may have leaked into the wa- ters off Al Zour, where Kuwait is build­ing a mas­sive US$30bn oil com­plex that in­cludes a 615,000-bar­rel-per-day re­fin­ery.

Emer­gency teams have sealed off two power and water de­sali­na­tion plants in the area to pre­vent the con­tam­i­na­tion of drink­ing water.

Saudi Ara­bia and Bahrain, lo­cated south of Kuwait along the Gulf coast, said the spill had not reached their wa­ters. Saudi Ara­bia said that it had put into ac­tion a ‘cri­sis man­age­ment plan’ and was con­duct­ing an aerial sur­vey of its oil plants along the coast.


A view of oil con­tam­i­nated water in south­ern Ras al Zour area

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