Technical defect halts export of Al-Zour products

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KUWAIT CITY, April 16: Technical defect disrupted the export of Al-Zour refinery products the oil sources are of the opinion that “There is an urgent need to introduce additional protection means to enhance continuity of operation,” stressing that “Al-Zour refinery of the Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) is still under warranty, and therefore there will be an obligation on the contractor, and a technical committee has also been formed to investigate to find out the causes of the technical defect, reports Al-Rai daily.

The sources pointed out that “the focus is currently on two tracks: the first is to restart the first and second stages, which have a refining capacity of 410 thousand barrels per day, while the second is to complete the procedures for the third stage, which is expected not to be operational before next July.”

The sources added that “such technical disruptions during the first stages of operating the refineries is normal,” noting that “the goal of the first period of operation is to ensure the safety and to know whether there is a need for other works or additions, or the existence of a defect that obliges the contractors to restore implementation or modification thereof. The sources said, “There is a stock of products to be exported that will cover the period expected to take to repair the technical defect that affected the refinery and caused the shutdown of its units producing these derivatives.”

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