Burgan Dip Hampers Kuwait Oil Production Capacity Growth

Production capacity in Kuwait edged up just 1,000 b/d in 2017-18 (to end-March) according to latest figures from state firm Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). An apparent dip in capacity at the flagship Burgan field offset the 80,000 b/d gains from Kuwait’s northern Jurassic fields resulting in overall capacity of 3.151mn b/d.

Capacity has subsequently risen, with KOC CEO Jamal Jaafar telling MEES in late April that it was at 3.225mn b/d ( MEES, 20 April ). The start-up of a third 40,000 b/d Jurassic early production facility (EPF) last month ( MEES, 21 September ) ought to have brought capacity up to 3.265mn b/d. KOC is responsible for Kuwait’s domestic upstream production with the exception of fields in the Partitioned Neutral Zone (PNZ). PNZ output is shared 50:50 with Saudi Arabia but has been fully shut-in since 2015.


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