KUWAIT Metropolis, Aug 13, (Agencies): Emergency workers have managed to clean up “the major partof an oil spill close to the joint Kuwaiti-Saudi Al-Khafji oilfield in the Gulf, an official stated on Sunday. “The major portion of the primary oil spill has been removed,Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) spokesman Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah stated in a statement.
Teams have been still working to scrub different components of the spill and coastal areas, he stated. Emergency teams have been battling the massive oil spill since it appeared off the emirate’s southern coast on Thursday. Sheikh Talal said precautionary measures have been taken around vital installations in Al-Zour space where an enormous $30-billion oil complex together with a 615,000-barrelper- day refinery is being constructed.
There have been no official stories concerning the source or dimension of the spill within the waters close to the Al-Khafji discipline. Nonetheless, Kuwaiti media on Sunday quoted native oil experts as saying the spill originated from an outdated 50-kms (31-mile) pipeline from Al-Khafji. The experts estimated that as many as 35,000 barrels of crude could have leaked into the waters off Al-Zour.
Emergency teams have sealed off two power and water desalination plants in the area to forestall contamination. Kuwait depends largely on desalination for its contemporary water provides. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, located south of Kuwait alongside the Gulf coast, mentioned slicks from the spill had not reached their waters Saudi Arabia, in a press release published by the official SPA news agency, said it had carried out a “crisis administration planand was conducting an aerial survey of its oil installations along the coast. The KPC said groups from Saudi Arabian Chevron and Oil Spill Response Restricted (OSRL) had joined the coastal clear-up.
Kuwait will finish cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country’s southern waters within the Gulf this week, a Kuwaiti newspaper report said on Sunday, quoting the country’s oil minister. Essam Al-Marzouq informed the Al-Rai newspaper that no extra patches of oil have been discovered and that Kuwait was working on clearing up these close to the shore. He didn’t give a motive for the spill.
On Saturday Kuwait said numerous providers were investigating the incident but did not give the magnitude of the spill near Kuwait’s southern Ras Al-Zour space nor its cause. Ras Al-Zour is the place Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) is constructing the Middle East’s largest oil refinery, with a processing capacity of 615,000 barrels per day and $11.5 billion price of contracts. The coastal zones have been encircled and coasts have been cleaned after ensuring that there have been no results of some other oil spots in the sea, Sheikh Talal added in a information statement. He extolled cooperation of citizens and residents who stayed away from the prohibited areas for their security. Asked about the source of oil spots, he stated some samples had been taken and despatched to laboratories to be analyzed with the intention to uncover causes in this matter. The emergency groups of the oil sector have continued to exert their efforts, in collaboration with Ministry of Electricity and Water, to follow up and comprise the remaining oil spots in the southern area. That is consistent with plans and outcomes of analysis prepared by emergency teams and the related international companies.