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AFTERMATH OF WAR: The International Front : Oil: Bleak Assessment

March 02, 1991

All of Kuwait's 950 producing oil wells may have been set ablaze or otherwise damaged by Iraqi sabotage or allied bombing, according to initial surveys by the Kuwait Oil Co. "Our provisional assessment is they have DAMAGED EVERY PRODUCING WELL," company executive Musab Yaseen said. Yaseen said the country has only about a 16-day supply of oil left in storage tanks for domestic consumption. A company spokesman said repairs to tank farms and efforts to put out the wellhead fires could not start before Iraqi mines and traps had been cleared.

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