Kuwait City, Kuwait
Kuwait has contained a crude oil spill in the country’s southern waters in the Gulf and is cleaning up contaminated parts of the shore, state news agency KUNA reported last Monday, citing the oil minister. The minister, Essam alMarzouq, said electricity and water production was continuing at full capacity at the Al-Zour North and Al-Zour South plants, which had not been affected. Kuwait said on Saturday that 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. Ras al-Zour is where Kuwait National Petroleum Co is building the Middle East’s largest oil refinery, with a processing capacity of 615,000 barrels per day and $11.5bn worth of contracts. The clean-up of the shores affected by the spill will take one week, Marzouq said.