Tehran accused of offering investment opportunities at disputed gas field
- Kuwait hands official protest to Iranian envoy
- Dorra gas field sprawls into Iranian territorial waters
- In 2013, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait shelved plans to develop the field
A public official was quoted by Kuna as saying the Iranian envoy was summoned following reports that National Iranian Oil Company had issued investment opportunities in Iranian oil and gas, including large parts of the Dorra field.
The foreign ministry is taking all the necessary measures to safeguard the rights of the state of Kuwait within the context of reinforcing its ties on the regional and international levels and which conform to international law, Kuna reported.
The Dorra field is estimated to hold 60 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
In 2013, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait refused to agree a joint investment programme for the Dorra field.
Understanding the Divided Zone dispute
In the east Arabian town of Uqair on 2 December 1922, Britains High Commissioner for Iraq Percy Cox imposed a border between Kuwait and the lands of Saudi Arabias future king, Abdulaziz al-Saud (Ibn Saud), then sultan of the Najd.
Probably then the regions most powerful man, Coxs principal goal was defining the territory of Iraq, created out of the Ottoman Empire after the 1914-18 war and independent under British protection for less than two months. But this also required demarcating the domains of Abdulaziz and Sheikh Ahmed al-Ahmed, Kuwaits ruler for just over 12 months. The two had been Britains allies in World War 1. Read more.
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