Kuwait says oil spill strikes its waters in Arabian Gulf

 

Kuwait says oil spill strikes its waters in Arabian Gulf

Kuwait - The suspect the oil came from a tanker in the Gulf

By AP

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Published: Sun 13 Aug 2017, 9:01 AM

Last updated: Mon 14 Aug 2017, 9:36 AM

Kuwait says an oil spill has struck its waters in the Arabian Gulf.
Kuwait's state-run KUNA news agency reported late Saturday that emergency responders were working toward containing the spill near Kuwait's southern Ras Al Zour. It says officials want to protect waterways, power plants and water facilities first, then clean surrounding beaches.
Authorities say that they don't believe the spill came from any of Kuwait's offshore oil fields. Instead, they say they suspect the oil came from a tanker in the Gulf.
There's no immediate estimate of the number of barrels suspected to be spilled in the water.
Tiny Kuwait, an OPEC member nation, has the world's six-largest estimated oil reserves.
Bahrain unaffected
The National Disaster Management Committee in the Kingdom of Bahrain has said that Bahrain's regional waters are not affected by the oil spill near Kuwait's shores.
The Bahrain News Agency quoted the General Director of Civil Defence and the panel secretary, Brigadier Abdulaziz Rashid Al Amer, as saying that the Chief of Public Security and head of the committee had looked into the matter in order to take any necessary steps to deal with such incidents, but it turned out that Bahrain is far from the oil spill.
He said that the committee is in touch with concerned authorities in Kuwait to learn the latest developments.
 



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