Kuwait, Iran to discuss disputed gas field: paper

KUWAIT - An Iranian delegation will visit Kuwait next month to discuss the disputed offshore Dorra gas field, a Kuwaiti official said in remarks published on Thursday.

By (Reuters)

Published: Thu 24 Aug 2006, 4:52 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:20 PM

The shared field, which Iran calls Arash, has been a bone of contention between Iran and Kuwait since the 1960s and Tehran insists it must be included in its development. The field is also shared by Saudi Arabia.

“The meeting ... is expected to witness discussions regarding various issues, particularly the disputed gas field between the two countries,” Energy Ministry Undersecretary Essa al-Oun told the Kuwait edition of Lebanon’s Daily Star.

“Kuwait has already begun exploration of gas in the continental shelf,” he said, adding that work was being carried out jointly with Saudi Arabia.

The field lies in the continental shelf between OPEC oil producers Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Earlier this year, Oun said Kuwait would start natural gas exploration in “undisputed” parts of Dorra. He has said Kuwait hopes to get a portion of 600 million cubic feet per day of gas in a few years.

Iran started drilling in Dorra in 2001 but later stopped the exploration after Kuwait lodged a complaint. Tehran has in the past objected to reports that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were discussing possible joint development of Dorra.

Kuwait has said it needs to develop Dorra to meet domestic gas requirements. The Gulf state earlier this year reported the discovery of some 40 trillion cubic feet of gas in its territory, but officials said the find would not end plans to import some gas from Iran.

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