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Emergency teams battle oil spill off Kuwait

AFP  |  Kuwait City 

Emergency workers are battling to contain an spill near a joint Kuwaiti-Saudi oilfield in the Gulf, an official said today. "Emergency teams are still struggling to put an spill near Kuwait's southern Ras Al-Zour area under control," said Kuwait Petroleum Corporation spokesman Talal al-Khaled in a statement carried by the official KUNA agency. There were no official reports on the source or size of the spill in the waters off Kuwait's southern coast, near the joint Kuwaiti-Saudi offshore Al-Khafji oilfield. Kuwaiti media however on Sunday quoted local experts as saying the spill originated from an old 50-kilometre pipeline from Al-Khafji. The experts estimated that as many as 35,000 barrels of may have leaked into the waters off Al-Zour, where Kuwait is building a massive $30 billion complex that includes a 615,000-barrel-per-day refinery. and Bahrain, located south of Kuwait along the coast, said the spill had not reached their waters. said that it had put into action a "crisis management plan" and was conducting an aerial survey of its plants along the coast in a statement published by the official SPA agency. The Kuwait Petroleum Corporation said teams from Saudi Arabian Chevron and the Spill Response Limited (OSRL) were cleaning the coastal waters. Kuwait is a major producer of and gas, which make up around 95 per cent of its export revenues.

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First Published: Sun, August 13 2017. 13:32 IST