Updates on Oil Spills South of Kuwait's Territorial Waters
The official spokesman of the oil sector Sheikh Talal Al-Khalid Al-Sabah gave an update on the latest developments regarding the oil spills south of Kuwait's territorial waters. Kuwait Oil Company's (KOC) and Kuwait National Petroleum Company's (KNPC) emergency teams are currently working on containing the spills in coordination with Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KGOC), Petroleum Industries Company (PIC), Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) and Environment Public Authority (EPA), he said. All material available were harnessed, and efforts were taken to control the oil spills, he indicated, adding that Saudi Arabian Chevron provides assistance to emergency teams, while Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) were called to provide consultancy regarding plans to handle the spills.
An emergency team comprising members from the oil sector and the Ministry of Electricity and Water, supported by the Interior Ministry, carry out periodic air surveys to follow up and assess the oil spills' status. The team is currently focusing on cordoning the area and securing seawater entrances for the north and south Zoor plants, while beaches will be cleaned after MEW plants are secured and making sure that the seawaters are not contaminated with other spills. Meanwhile, oil spills near the coastline are being removed, while coordination is ongoing with the relevant departments to identify the source of the spills.