Kuwait Oil Company to clean 17 million m3 of oil-soaked sand

KOC's strategy is to complete all clearance works by 2024, and has so far removed 2.28 million m3 of contaminated soil

Kuwait Oil Co is cleaning sand in the country.
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Kuwait Oil Co is cleaning sand in the country.

Chief executive officer of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Imad Al-Sultan, said the organisation would implement three projects to clean 17 million m3 of sand contaminated by oil on national territories following the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990-91, adding that the project was awaiting approval from the country’s Central Agency for Public Tenders.

The first of three projects will treat nine million m3 of contaminated in the south of Kuwait, whilst the second one will cleanse four million m3 in Al-Rawdatain, Al-Sabriya, and Umm Al-Aish, the latter of which is in the north.

The third project will also cleanse four million m3 of sand, according to a report by Kuwait’s state news agency, Kuna.

Muthanna Al-Mumen, tasked with leading the KOC team for sand remediation, said KOC had requested $3bn (KWD912.3m) from the UN Compensation Commission to treat the polluted soil.

 “Only 8% of the restoration projects have been achieved,” he explained, adding that the four projects completed by KOC so far had each cost $10m (KWD3m).

KOC plans to complete all clearance works by 2024, and has removed 2.28 million m3 of contaminated soil and substances off the Kuwaiti territories.

In its report, Kuna added: “The Iraqi aggressors, during their 1990-1991 occupation of Kuwait, demolished 114km2 of oil fields, left behind huge amounts of unexploded ordnance and ammunition, and torched more than 700 oil wells, poisoning the air and the skies.

“KOC spearheads a remediation strategy aimed at building 17 dumping sites for pollutants.”

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