Kuwait’s 615,000 b/d Al Zour refinery has seen output virtually grind to a halt after a gas malfunction in a main valve operated by state-firm Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) led to a sudden interruption of gas supplies. In a 12 November statement, state operating firm Kipic said that it would take ten days for capacity to be brought back to previous levels.

Al Zour has three 205,000 b/d CDUs. These have been brought online successively from November last year with the third and last entering service in July (MEES, 14 July). KPC CEO Sheikh Nawaf Al Sabah last month said that an announcement on full capacity being achieved was imminent (MEES, 20 October). (CONTINUED - 766 WORDS)