Kuwait to Start Offshore Oil Exploration in 2 Years

Kuwait to Start Offshore Oil Exploration in 2 YearsKuwait to Start Offshore Oil Exploration in 2 Years

Kuwait plans to start an offshore oil exploration program within two years as part of its plans to boost oil production capacity, a Kuwait Oil Company executive said.

In comments suggesting Kuwait will maintain energy investments despite plunging oil prices, KOC's manager of planning, Bader al-Attar, was quoted as saying his country aimed to add a total of 700,000 barrels per day of oil production capacity from offshore and onshore areas.

Attar did not identify the potential offshore locations, KUNA reported.

Most of Kuwait's production is from the onshore Burgan Field, the world's second largest, in the southeast of the country, though it also extracts reserves from an offshore Neutral Zone where it shares facilities with Saudi Arabia.

He said Kuwait aims to boost production capacity to 3.5 million bpd by the end of 2015, including from the Neutral Zone, from around 3.15 million bpd now.

A Kuwaiti oil industry source said last week his country will raise oil output by between 250,000 and 270,000 bpd by the end of the year to make up for production lost from two shut oilfields.

Attar noted that his country still wanted to lift output capacity to 4 million bpd by 2020 and sustain this level to 2030.