Kuwait Oil and Gas jobs

Kuwait is located on the Arabian Peninsula bordering Iraq to the north, and Saudi Arabia to the south. Since the first oil discovery there in 1938 at the Burgan field, the oil industry has become an integral part of the Kuwaiti economy.

Oil in Kuwait

Kuwait is one of the world’s top producers and net exporters of oil. In 2012, Kuwait was the world’s 10th largest producer of oil, producing circa 2.8 million barrels per day, and ranked sixth in terms of proven oil reserves. Reserves are also held in the Partitioned Neutral Zone which Kuwait shares with Saudi Arabia on a 50-50 basis, this holds an additional 5 billion barrels of proven reserves. This additional 5 billion bbl brings Kuwait’s total proven reserves to 104 billion bbl.

The Greater Burgan field, located in the desert of southeastern Kuwait, comprises of 3 closely spaced fields, namely the Burgan, Magwa, and Ahmadi reservoirs, which make up a dominant portion of Kuwait’s reserves and production. It is the second largest oil field in the world producing with recent production levels of between 1.1 and 1.3 million bbl/d.

Kuwait’s second largest source of crude production after Greater Burgan, comes from the Raudhatain field with a capacity of 350,000 to 400,000 bbl/d. Other Kuwaiti oil fields include Sabriya, Umm Gudair, Abduliyah, Minagish and the frontier fields of al-Ratqa and Abdali.

Refining in Kuwait

Kuwait has a refining capacity of 936,000 bpd and is home to three refinery complexes including:

  • al-Ahmadi refinery
  • al-Shuaiba refinery
  • Abdullah refinery

Kuwait also has a refining capacity overseas through its 80,000 bpd refinery in the Netherlands and its 50-50 joint venture 240,000 bpd refinery in Italy.

Natural gas in Kuwait

In 2012, Kuwait had proven natural gas reserves of circa 63 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). Natural gas in Kuwait is used for various activities such as the generation of electricity, petrochemicals, water desalination and for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques. Kuwait natural gas production is circa 1.3 billion cubic feet per day(Bcf/d).

Employment opportunities in the Kuwaiti oil & gas industry

There is a range of jobs available in the Kuwaiti oil and gas industry and some of these positions include:

  • Project engineer jobs
  • Electrical engineer jobs
  • Geotechnical engineer jobs
  • Chemical engineer jobs
  • Mechanical engineer jobs
  • Maintenance engineer jobs
  • Process engineer jobs
  • Operations engineer jobs

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