Kuwait Oil Company declares state of emergency

20 March 2023
A large oil spill has occurred on land but no injuries were reported

State-owned upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has declared a “state of emergency” due to an oil spill in the west of the country.

In a statement, KOC said no injuries or disruption to production has been reported.

Videos posted by Kuwaiti media outlets have shown footage of a large pipe gushing oil into the air, surrounded by a large slick of crude in what looks like a desert region of the country.

“No injuries have occurred as a result of the leak and production has not been affected,” KOC spokesperson Qusai al-Amer said.

The leak “occurred on land but not in a residential area”, he added.

KOC declined to give the exact location of the spill but said that teams had been dispatched to determine the source of the leak and contain the incident.

Nearly 90 per cent of Kuwait’s government revenues come from oil and the country is currently producing about 2.7 million barrels a day.

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