Three ministers

In three nations that rely heavily on their national oil companies, energy ministers are under pressure.In Kuwait, oil minister Saud Nasser al-Sabah will chair a committee to oversee the government's plan to use foreign companies to develop oil reserves.The government wants to double the production capacity of seven northern oil fields (Raudhatain, Sabriya, Ratqa, Abdali, Bahra, Western Minagish, and Umm Gudair) to 1.3 million b/d by 2005, bringing Kuwait's capacity 40% higher, to 3 million b/d.Foreign firms would invest about $7 billion in the projects (OGJ, Aug. 23, 1999, Newsletter).The program is highly controversial because Kuwait's constitution forbids foreign ownership ...

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