Kuwait Cleanup Reaches a Milestone

By Wamsted, Dennis J. | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, November 3, 1991 | Go to article overview

Kuwait Cleanup Reaches a Milestone


Wamsted, Dennis J., Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


The cleanup of Kuwait reached a milestone in mid-September, as crews working to put out the environmentally and economically devastating oil field fires raging throughout that Gulf country capped their 375th well--the halfway point in repairing the largest oil field disaster in history.

The well, which was burning at a rate of 7,000 barrels a day, was capped by a firefighting crew from Safety Boss, a Canadian firm whose Kuwait operations are being directed by Jarvis Jackson. The importance of the Sept. 10 event was not lost on Jackson, who is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

"History has been made today with this accomplishment," Jackson told onlookers. "It is especially gratifying to see this halfway point reached in just six months. The world can clearly see that Kuwait is well on its way to a full recovery of its petroleum industry.

"Our crews have been here since April 5," Jackson continued. "I know they feel proud to have drawn this assignment, which puts all of us on the Al-Awda team over the hump in getting these fires out."

The Al-Awda Project was launched by the Kuwait Oil Co. last March, only days after Iraqi troops had been forced out of Kuwait. Overall, the project has brought 9,000 workers from 32 countries on five continents to Kuwait to work in the cleanup effort. …

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