Chevron can resume production on Saudi-Kuwait oilfield quickly if needed – CEO

The zone can produce as much as 500,000 barrels a day but has been shuttered for at least four years



Chevron Corp. could start oil production “relatively quickly” in the so-called partitioned zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait if required to by both nations, chief executive officer Mike Wirth said in an interview with CNBC.

The zone can produce as much as 500,000 barrels a day but has been shuttered for at least four years due to a dispute between the two countries.

The partition zone, or PZ, is one of several non-producing fields across OPEC countries that could be restarted to fill a void in global oil supply, Wirth said after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities reduced output from the world’s largest crude exporter.

Kuwait officials said in July that the country is in talks with Saudi Arabia over restarting production from the field.

The two sides resolved the major issues and only had technical points remaining, a person familiar with the discussions said in July.

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