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Shuaiba operating normally says KNPC

Kuwait National Petroleum Co. says refinery not affected by workers protest.

State-owned refiner Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC) said on Sunday that its 200,000 barrels per day Shuaiba refinery was operating normally after talk of a workers protest at the Shuaiba port compound.

"There is no strike at KNPC and Shuaiba refinery is working normally," a KNPC spokesman told Reuters.

A trade union official said workers at the public commercial port of Shuaiba, which is in a different location, were protesting for better wages.

"About 200 workers staged a protest at the gate of the Shuaiba port but oil exports were not affected because this a different (part of the) port," a port workers' union official told Reuters.

"The cause is calling for higher salaries," he said, adding that work at the non-oil port had been affected.

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