Kuwait Energy Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Kuwait 2017

With about 6% of the world’s proven crude oil reserves Kuwait plays a major role in global energy markets. However, its reliance on a single commodity which is prone to significant fluctuations in value also presents challenges for the economy as a whole, and the energy sector in particular. According to estimates from the US Energy Information Administration, Kuwait’s total export revenues in...

As Kuwait’s economy continues to adjust to the new oil price environment the country’s government is pushing ahead with investment plans and reforms that promise to put the country on a sustainable growth path in the coming years.

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With about 6% of the world’s proven crude oil reserves and 1.34m citizens, Kuwait is a nation with a relatively small population that plays a major role in global energy markets. However, its reliance on a single commodity which is prone to significant fluctuations in value also presents challenges for the economy as a whole, and the energy...

 

In 2017 Kuwaiti citizens were offered an opportunity to own a piece of history in an unprecedented stock market floatation. An initial public offering (IPO), which was due to take place by the end of 2017, was for a 50% stake in the country’s first independent water and power project (IWPP), the initial phase of Al Zour north.

 

How will production cuts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) affect KOC’s investment and exploration strategy?

 

The decision to offer its citizens an opportunity to buy shares in its newest water and electricity generating plant is, in a sense, a case of transferring power to the people. The floatation of 50% of the equity of Al Zour North One, which began operating in December 2016, was always part of the plan. It is not a case of a long-established...

 

The first green shoots of renewable energy have begun to appear in Kuwait as new solar projects come on-stream and recognise the potential to cut costs, reduce emissions and divert fuel to export markets rather than domestic consumption. In November 2016 the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, demonstrated the country’s...

As Kuwait’s economy continues to adjust to the new oil price environment the country’s government is pushing ahead with investment plans and reforms that promise to put the country on a sustainable growth path in the coming years.