Kuwait’s 801,000 b/d Mina Abdulla and Mina al-Ahmadi refineries suffered a temporary power outage on the evening of 17 September with owner KNPC stating next morning that work was ongoing “to restore full production capacity at units.” The outage proved to be short-lived with spokesperson Ghanim al-Otaibi reporting the same day that the refineries were back at full capacity. Power outages at the plants are not new (MEES, 31 January 2014), and high temperatures in Kuwait have seen electricity demand hit new records with the strain seeing several substations shut down in recent weeks (see p11). The two refineries saw upgrades to their electricity supply infrastructure as part of the $15.6bn Clean Fuels Project (CFP) completed last year (MEES, 25 March 2022). In 2016, Siemens installed two new 132kV substations with new cable connections. KNPC plans to spend KD88.7mn ($287mn) to replace nine old substations by end-2024.