A detailed assessment of damage to Kuwait's oil operations by a United Nations mission to the country in April confirms that the once prosperous oil sector is reduced to shambles. At the time of the visit, part of an assessment of the total damage to the Kuwaiti infrastructure, 550 of Kuwait's 980 active wells were ablaze. When the Wafrah area of the Neutral Zone was taken into account, the number of active wells rose to 1,330, of which about 700 were on fire. Many other wells not on fire were spewing tens of thousands of barrels of oil a day, flooding the desert and creating lakes and rivers of oil. The mission...

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