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Kuwait's National Petroleum Company is set to invest $35bn on projects to expand and develop its assets over the next five years.

The company's chief executive officer, Mohammad Ghazi Al-Mutairi, told the Kuwait Oil & Gas summit that the money will be invested in the recently-agreed $12bn clean fuels project to upgrade existing refineries, construction of the new Az-Zour refinery, building of the country's fifth natural gas plant and new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facilities.

According to Kuwait News Agency, Al Mutaira said the projects would have a major impact on the country's competitiveness in international oil markets.

"These projects would help Kuwaiti products enter new international markets thanks to its high quality and competitiveness and give a push to national economy and development in the country," he said.

KNPC signed contracts this week with the firms building the $12bn clean fuel project. Three international consortiums, led by Japan's JGC Corp ($4.8bn), UK-based Petrofac ($3.8bn) and US-based Fluor ($3.4bn).

Once complete, they will boost Kuwait's refining capacity to 800,000 barrels of oil per day.

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