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Kuwait’s General Authority of Environment has announced it is monitoring an oil spill in the southern marine area of Ras-Al-Zour.
The report comes following at least two spillages in the country’s waters over the last month including one that spanned a nautical mile and affected large areas of the coastline.
The latest incident is in the same area where one of the previous spills took place.
Ras-Al-Zour is also the location where Kuwait National Petroleum Company is currently building the Middle East’s largest oil refinery.
When it is completed the $11.5bn project will have a capacity of 615,000 barrels per day.
The environment body said it as working with authorities and the maritime operations group of Kuwait Oil Company to control the spill.
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The size, cause and source of the leak will be assessed and measures will be taken, according to state news agency KUNA.