A one-day Kuwait port workers strike called for March 2 will not affect oil shipments from the world’s seventh largest crude exporter, a state oil refining company spokesman said yesterday.
It was unclear how many workers are expected to go on strike but the spokesman said the planned stoppage will not have any impact on Kuwait’s production of over 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude and fuel exports.
“This is related to the commercial ports and not related to ports managed by the oil sector,” the spokesman at Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC) said. Kuwaiti state employees often stage strikes asking for better salaries which are usually settled quickly without much impact on operations.
Kuwait has a 200,000 bpd refinery at Shuaiba, but oil exports are shipped through a different port from the commercial operations, said the KNPC spokesman