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Mon 8 Oct 2007 02:21 PM

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Kuwait to kick off northern gas production

Production at two fields will have initial volume of 175 million cubic feet per day.

Kuwait will start production of non-associated gas at two northern fields from December with an initial volume of 175 million cubic feet per day, state news agency Kuna reported on Sunday.

The new gas will be the first produced from a field not associated with oil in Kuwait since 1978, Kuna said.

The Gulf Arab state has a goal of producing one billion cubic feet of non-associated gas by 2015, Farouk Zanki, Chairman of state-run Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), was reported as saying by Kuna.

The production would cover local needs, Zanki added.

Major oil producer Kuwait, which controls a tenth of proven global oil reserves, needs more gas to help generate electricity to meet soaring power demand growth.

In March 2006, Kuwait said it had found an estimated 35 trillion cubic feet of non-associated gas along with large amounts of condensates in the north of the country. The find was made in the Sabriya and Umm Niqa areas near the Iraqi border.

Kuna said initial studies showed that 60-70% of the discovered volumes could be used, adding that 10-13 billion barrels of light crude had been also found in the area.

KOC controls the upstream oil sector in Kuwait.

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