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Kuwait's Hussein: Oil Production Wasn't Affected

The Kuwaiti government ruled out any terror attacks

Three Kuwaiti oil refineries ceased their production after a power cut across the country. However, the energy minister said that crude oil production was not affected.
Sheikh Ahmad Fahd al-Sabah told the official news agency of Kuwait that the country?s oil production remained at its normal levels and was not affected by the power blackout.

According to Kuwait Petroleum Corporation?s CEO Hani Hussein, said that the refineries regained power supply late Sunday and they were "on course for resuming normal operation." "Production and export of crude oil from Kuwait were proceeding as normal," he said.

Earlier, Mohammad al-Hajeri, spokesman for the Kuwait National Petroleum Company which owns the three oil refineries, said that units at the refineries stopped operating gradually after the power cut, adding that there was no incident or fire breaking out.
The three refineries have a combined production capacity of 920,000 barrels per day (bpd), or almost 40 percent of Kuwait's total output of 2.5 million bpd.

The Kuwaiti government ruled out any terror attacks. "The blackout was the result of a technical breakdown and it has nothing to do with sabotage," Major Waleed al-Ghanim, interior ministry spokesman, said.