Energy plans laid out

15 October 2004
Energy Minister and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC)chairman Sheikh Ahmed Fahd al-Sabah said on 10 October that Kuwait's oil production capacity is expected shortly to increase by 200,000 barrels a day (b/d). Speaking to reporters at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), Al-Sabah said that a hike in output would be possible following the rehabilitation of gathering centre (GC) 15, which was badly damaged by an explosion at the northern Rawdhatain oil field in early 2002.

The state is already operating at its current maximum capacity of nearly 2.5 million b/d. The contract to reconstruct GC 15 and to supply and install a new gas booster station was awarded to a team of US-based Fluor Danieland South Korea's SK Engineering & Constructionin late 2002 (MEED 20:12:02).

Al-Sabah also told MEED on the sidelines of the conference that Kuwait is mulling several supply options to address its gas shortage, including building a receiving terminal for Qatari liquefied natural gas (LNG) and taking gas from Iran. Construction of an LNG receiving terminal, which could be adapted to receive gas from third countries, is also under active consideration, he said.

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