Kuwait is doubling down on LNG imports to supply gas to its power sector, with volumes surging last month to within touching distance of the all-time high set last August. With Kuwait’s new 22mn t/y Al Zour LNG import terminal fully operational, imports are poised to smash records this summer, although high prices may yet limit the emirate’s appetite.

Al Zour imports supplement domestic gas production, which is insufficient to meet demand. State upstream firm KOC puts capacity at 1.73bn cfd, and agreements have been reached with Saudi Arabia for Kuwait to receive modest volumes from the Partitioned Neutral Zone (PNZ: MEES, 14 January). KOC is working to expand output and two non-associated gas facilities could bring some 300mn cfd online by 2024 (MEES, 19 November 2021), while in the PNZ long-stalled plans to develop the Dorra field could yield 500mn cfd for Kuwait in the medium-term (MEES, 25 March). (CONTINUED - 428 WORDS)