Kuwaiti politics remain stuck in a dysfunctional quagmire as parliament prepares to reconvene on 24 October. MPs are agitating to interrogate government ministers, including the prime minister, and much-needed fuel subsidy reform remains controversial. But the oil and gas sector has finally achieved a degree of insulation from the political upheaval, with development accelerating.

Kuwait is beginning to harvest the rewards from contracts awarded under the previous 2013-16 parliament. Three early production facilities (EPF) at the northern Jurassic Gas fields are scheduled to come onstream before end-2017. Each has the capacity to produce 40,000 b/d light oil and 104mn cfd sour gas (MEES, 28 July). (CONTINUED - 1002 WORDS)