Kuwait City, Kuwait

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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.

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