Kuwait shuts down oil fields near Iraq

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

ABU DHABI Kuwait has begun the process of shutting down two oil fields near the Iraqi border.

Kuwaiti officials said the decision was based on an assessment that the oil fields could be a target of an Iraqi missile attack amid the expected U.S.-led war on Baghdad. Officials said rigs and other equipment have been withdrawn from the northern oil fields of the Abdali and Ratqa, Middle East Newsline reported.

Oil workers were also being evacuated from the northern fields, officials said. They said the work began last week amid an order to evacuate civilians and non-essential personnel from northern Kuwait.

Officials said Kuwait's oil production would not be significantly affected by the evacuation of the equipment and personnel. They said the oil fields produce a total of 25,000 barrels of oil a day.

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