李峻 编译自 原油新闻
Neutral Zone crude output could surpass 550,000 b/d by year-end
Crude production in the recently reopened Neutral Zone shared by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait has ramped up ahead of schedule and by year-end should surpass the 550,000 b/d that it totaled prior to its closure some five years ago, Kuwaiti oil minister Khaled al-Fadhel told S&P Global Platts in an interview.
Kuwait's share of production at the Al-Khafji field is currently around 70,000 b/d, while the Kuwaiti share of Wafra field production is 60,000 b/d, he said. Since the two countries split output from the fields evenly, that implies that total production from the Neutral Zone is around 260,000 b/d.
"By the end of 2020, we think it will go to even more than 550,000 b/d, which was our previous target, which we used to produce when it was healthy," the minister said. "With new technology and new research and new exploration techniques, we are actually looking for more production."
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia brokered a deal in December to reopen the fields.
The offshore Al-Khafji, shuttered since 2014, is jointly owned by Saudi Arabia's Aramco Gulf Operations Co. and Kuwait Gulf Oil Co., a unit of state-run Kuwait Petroleum Corp.