Companies fighting the massive Kuwaiti oil field fires soon may get more relief from delays caused by bottlenecks there. At all levels, contractors have run into bureaucratic delays stemming mainly from lack of effective communication and cooperation between the oil ministry and Kuwait Petroleum Co. Industry officials express hope some of these barriers will disappear with appointment of new Kuwaiti Oil Minister Hammud Adbullah al-Ruqbah, formerly electricity and water minister.

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