Kuwait vows full transparency regarding northern oilfields project

Nov 16, 2003 01:00 AM

The Kuwait government will carry on with the project to develop northern oil fields, and will refer its relevant conceptions to the National Assembly, as "such a project needs a collective approval", Kuwaiti Energy Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahd Al-Sabah said.
"Several government committees and the Kuwait Oil Company are currently working on arranging all data related to the project," Sheikh Ahmad told. The minister said that project was vital and very important, and the variation between the government and the parliament viewpoints should not develop into a gab. He also vowed to present the National Assembly with all available data," very clearly and with full transparency."

The parliamentary financial and economic committee is currently studying the different sides of the project to develop Kuwaiti northern oilfields. The cabinet also agreed to continue extending governmental support for Kuwaitis working for the Gulf Oil Company and in the Joint Operations in Al-Khafji area, Sheikh Ahmad also announced.
"A monthly bonus will be paid to Kuwaitis working there, so work can go on, and balance in rewarding all workers in the field can be accomplished," he said.

Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia share the oil output by the Gulf Oil Company, which is working in oil fields in the southern area of Khafji. Asked about the "security belt project" on the Kuwaiti northern borders area, the minister said the Ministry of Energy, through the Kuwait Oil Company was participating in all activities important to security agencies in Kuwait.
"Based on the decisions issued by the cabinet today, we requested the Kuwait Oil Company to take part in the 'security belt' project, and we will work in coordination with the interior ministry on that regard."

Source: KUNA
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