Al Khafji says facilities safe, no oil spill

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

Emergency teams are "still struggling" to stop an oil spill near the southern Ras Al Zour area, the spokesman for the country's oil sector has said.

On Friday, Kuwait's Environment Public Authority (EPA) said it was taking all appropriate measures in order to protect water outlets from the oil spill.

Kuwait says an oil spill has struck its waters in the Persian Gulf.

The experts estimated that as many as 35,000 barrels of crude oil may have leaked into the waters off Al Zour, where Kuwait is building a massive US$30 billion (Dh110.2bn) oil complex that includes a 615,000-barrel-per-day refinery.

Saudi Arabia, in a statement published by the official SPA news agency, said it had implemented a "crisis management plan" and was conducting an aerial survey of its oil installations along the coast.

In a statement later on Saturday, Khafji Joint Operations said no oil leak had been detected in its operation area after reports suggested the spill originated from a 50km pipeline at the shared oil field between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

"Nearby beaches will be cleaned once power and water plants are secured and the oil spill is put under full control", it added.

Al Khafji Joint Operations has confirmed the safety of its facilities and that they are free from any oil spill after reports of an oil spill from an oil tanker in the northeast of the Arabian Gulf.

Bahrain's National Disaster Management Committee said that Bahrain's waters are not affected by Kuwait's oil spill.

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