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Two Kuwaiti Refineries Stay Below Full Output After Shutdowns

Two Kuwaiti Refineries Stay Below Full Output After Shutdowns

Three refineries, close together on the Gulf coast south of Manama, were shut by a power outage on Wednesday.

Two of Kuwait’s three oil refineries are still not at full production after a power cut that shut all of them down during the week, a spokesman for the state-run oil company said on Saturday.

The 270,000-barrels per day (bpd) Mina Abdullah and 200,000-bpd Shuaiba refineries were working at around 70 per cent, a spokesman for the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) said, adding that OPEC member Kuwait is using its reserves to prevent a disruption to exports.

KNPC workers managed to get the 460,000-barrels-per-day (bpd) Mina Ahmadi refinery back to full production early on Friday.

The three refineries, close together on the Gulf coast south of the capital, were shut by a power outage on Wednesday. Kuwait’s unstable electricity supply system has caused power cuts in the past but the restarting of the three refineries has taken longer than KNPC originally estimated.

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