Kuwait’s Minister of Oil Hani Husain is pushing ahead with ‘mega’ refinery projects, while fending off political attacks from members of the new parliament. He faces a barrage of parliamentary questions ranging from a failed petrochemical deal with Dow Chemical and investigations into a gas field contract with Shell, to overseas downstream projects in Asia and Europe. “They are picking on him every minute,” says Kamel Harami, an independent oil consultant.

Mr Husain, however, has continued in the same resilient leadership style he showed last summer when faced with media and political attacks and speculation about his resignation – getting on with firmly doing his job. (CONTINUED - 715 WORDS)