Waleed al-Bader, CEO of state firm Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) announced on 7 August  that his firm had started producing petroleum coke and diesel products from its $15.6bn Clean Fuels Project (CFP) at Mina al-Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries (MEES, 25 March). This follows an earlier announcement on 3 August  by KNPC that it had exported the first shipment of 35,000-ton low-sulfur, low-aromatic gasoline from Mina al-Ahmadi. The upgrade took combined CDU capacity at the two refineries from 736,000 b/d to 801,000 b/d, an increase of 8.8% (MEES, 1 October 2021). Most importantly, the CFP will greatly reduce fuel oil yields from the refineries and boost yields of higher-value gasoline and middle distillates. KNPC boasts the project as a producer of environmental-friendly fuels with production earmarked for the local market and excess volumes set for exports.