Kuwait outlines new non-associated gas production targets

25 November 2013

Gulf state pushes back Jurassic gas target to 2020 from 2017

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has pushed back its plan to increase its non-associated gas production to 1 billion cubic feet a day (cf/d) by more than three years.

Kuwait hopes to increase production to 167 million cf/d by 2015, from 145 million cf/d currently. This figure will rise to 600 billion cf/d by 2019 or 2020, reaching 1 billion cf/d after that through the development of the country’s Jurassic gas resources and new discoveries.

The production figure is then expected to rise rapidly to as much as 2.5 billion cf/d by 2025, according to Bader al-Attar, KOC’s corporate planning manager, speaking at MEED’s Kuwait Projects 2013 conference, held in Kuwait City on 25-26 November.

Kuwait had originally hoped to reach 1 billion cf/d by 2016 or 2017, but has faced numerous difficulties with the technically challenging resource.

KOC also plans to raise crude production to 3.2 million barrels a day (b/d) by 2015, and then 3.7 million b/d by 2020, a level it will seek to maintain until 2030. The state-run upstream operator currently has the capacity to produce about 3 million b/d.

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