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As hydrocarbons forms the backbone of Kuwait’s economy, the resurgence in global commodity markets bodes well for the future and has led to a renewed sense of optimism. The recovering market is also supporting the government’s diversification efforts under the auspices of the Kuwait National Development Plan, or New Kuwait.

A new expansion drive will see Kuwait invest $120bn in hydrocarbons projects through to 2030, with the aim of boosting both upstream and downstream production capacity ahead of an anticipated rise in energy demand.

 

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...