A further schedule slide on Kuwait’s delay-plagued refinery upgrades appears inevitable, after Japanese contractor JGC revealed concerns over flood damage at the 466,000 b/d Mina al-Ahmadi refinery, one of two plants being revamped in state refiner KNPC’s $12bn clean fuels project (CFP).

The news follows shortly after Kipic, the subsidiary of state petroleum firm KPC established to develop downstream projects at the Al Zour hub in the south of the country, decided to redesign part of an under-construction 615,000 b/d refinery, thus threatening additional delays there also. (CONTINUED - 865 WORDS)