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March 6, 1991 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may take a year or longer to extinguish about 550 Kuwaiti oil wells fire-bombed or damaged by retreating Iraqi troops, and five years before the country's devastated oil export production facilities are fully restored, stunned U.S. and Kuwaiti experts said Tuesday. Petroleum engineers getting their first close-up look at the disaster estimate that the wells are burning 6 million barrels of oil a day, or three times Kuwait's daily production before the Iraqi invasion last Aug. 2.
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June 1, 2009 | Bloomberg News
There is "no way" OPEC will cut production when the group meets again in September, Kuwait's oil minister said, after the supplier of about 40% of the world's oil left output quotas unchanged last week. "We're not in favor to see the prices in the hundreds because this will fuel recession again," Sheik Ahmed al Abdullah al Sabah told reporters Sunday in Kuwait City. "We have to give the world economy more time" to recover from its worst recession since World War II.
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BUSINESS
April 22, 2003 | Mark Fineman, Times Staff Writer
With Iraqi oil-well fires extinguished and oil workers trickling back to their posts, Pentagon officials began laying the groundwork Monday for a potentially lucrative contract to rebuild the country's tattered petroleum industry. Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies started sketching out broad terms of the contract and soon will set up a meeting with likely bidders. They are expected to include at least three from California: Fluor Corp. of Aliso Viejo, Parsons Corp.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2003 | Mark Fineman, Times Staff Writer
With Iraqi oil-well fires extinguished and oil workers trickling back to their posts, Pentagon officials began laying the groundwork Monday for a potentially lucrative contract to rebuild the country's tattered petroleum industry. Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies started sketching out broad terms of the contract and soon will set up a meeting with likely bidders. They are expected to include at least three from California: Fluor Corp. of Aliso Viejo, Parsons Corp.
NEWS
August 11, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
One family's escape from Kuwait, an ordeal involving Iraqi guns and a dangerous drive over a desert track, has come to a close in Abu Dhabi. "We're fine now, we've had a rest, we're among friends," the family's head, a 38-year-old Kuwaiti oil worker, said Friday at an Abu Dhabi hotel. He asked not to be identified by name but gave this account of events: He arrived Thursday night in his bashed and looted car, a Chevrolet Caprice. It had carried 12 people to safety--the Kuwait Oil Co.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1991
* Foreign exchange traders in the United States said widespread reports that the Kuwaiti government had sold a significant amount of Japanese government bonds and bought dollars probably are true. The traders at major Wall Street firms said, however, that the trading probably took place in Tokyo, and they said they had no first-hand knowledge of it. The Kuwaitis reportedly sold the yen bonds in part because of the expected upward movement of U.S.
NEWS
May 9, 1991 | Reuters
A mass of fine black soot, apparently blown from blazing Kuwaiti oil wells, is hanging in the air over Japan, the Meteorological Agency said Wednesday. The agency's observation plane detected soot in air samples taken 4.7 miles above the Tokyo area, where usually no soot is found.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1991 | From United Press International
Bechtel Corp., a global construction and engineering concern, has established a procurement office in the United Arab Emirates to serve as a supply center for material needed in rebuilding Kuwait's damaged refineries, a company executive said Monday. Bechtel, based in San Francisco, constructed most of Kuwait's refineries.
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September 6, 1992 | From Associated Press
Marine Capt. Dave Fournier spends most of his time in a chair or in bed, too tired to do more. His sleep is interrupted by night sweats. He's been hospitalized at Camp Lejeune with pneumonia and heart problems. He's also rapidly going bald. All of this began occurring since the 41-year-old Fournier returned 16 months ago from the Persian Gulf War. Doctors can't identify the cause. "Every time I take a shower, I lose hundreds of strands of hair," Fournier said.
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February 24, 1991 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Smoke from an estimated 200 burning Kuwaiti oil wells will spread toxic soot particles throughout the region, causing potential harm to the health of local populations and possibly even tainting crops, scientists and environmental experts said Saturday. The amount of environmental damage will largely depend on how long the wells continue to burn, an uncertainty that hinges on the kind of wells aflame and their locations.
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October 21, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ and DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The State Department on Tuesday denied presidential candidate Ross Perot's claim that it had provided written instructions to the U.S. ambassador to Iraq for a meeting with Saddam Hussein on July 25, 1990, just days before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. But the response did little to rebut general criticism that the Bush Administration failed to warn Hussein clearly against launching the attack. The State Department released a cable sent to all U.S.
NEWS
September 6, 1992 | From Associated Press
Marine Capt. Dave Fournier spends most of his time in a chair or in bed, too tired to do more. His sleep is interrupted by night sweats. He's been hospitalized at Camp Lejeune with pneumonia and heart problems. He's also rapidly going bald. All of this began occurring since the 41-year-old Fournier returned 16 months ago from the Persian Gulf War. Doctors can't identify the cause. "Every time I take a shower, I lose hundreds of strands of hair," Fournier said.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1992 | Reuters
Crude oil output is set to rise this week with the start of onshore production from the Neutral Zone, shared by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, for the first time since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August, 1990. The higher output is good news for oil consumers but, amid a worldwide glut of oil, will not help the OPEC cartel in its efforts to push up prices. The oil ministers of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will usher in the resumed production at a ceremony Tuesday.
NEWS
October 29, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
"It's gusted," drawled Dale Jones as a white-hot geyser of flaming oil and gas suddenly disappeared, snuffed out and transformed into a black fountain of crude oil silhouetted against the grim gray smoke that has blanketed Kuwait since the end of the Persian Gulf War. In the past month, an army of firefighters has been pouring it on in the battle to drown the oil-well fires torched off by Iraqi saboteurs in February.
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July 28, 1991 | From Reuters
Kuwait resumed oil exports Saturday with a 260,000-ton shipment--the first since Iraq invaded the emirate almost a year ago. Oil Minister Hamoud Rogba told the newspaper Al-Watan that most of the oil had been produced in June and July. The oil was loaded aboard the tanker Thorness, which was due to leave the Ahmadi terminal Saturday morning.
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June 25, 1991 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although Kuwaiti oil well fires are spewing as much as 2 million tons of carbon dioxide and 5,000 tons of soot into the air each day, natural cleansing processes will prevent a disastrous buildup of pollutants, a government-sponsored scientific team reported Monday. Participants in the study, coordinated by the National Science Foundation, agreed that the pall created by an estimated 500 oil wells fires still raging in Kuwait will have a substantial effect on weather in the Persian Gulf area.
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March 18, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is an oil town like many other oil towns that grew up along the bountiful Persian Gulf, neat row on row of box-like houses, carefully planted lawns and shrubs, a mid-town shopping center with a grocery store, a bank and a cinema. Just on the fringes of town spring the first of hundreds of wells that for decades have pulled petroleum from the bowels of the Earth and brought prosperity to this small Kuwait suburb that lies at the heart of the world's second-largest oil field.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1992 | Reuters
Crude oil output is set to rise this week with the start of onshore production from the Neutral Zone, shared by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, for the first time since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August, 1990. The higher output is good news for oil consumers but, amid a worldwide glut of oil, will not help the OPEC cartel in its efforts to push up prices. The oil ministers of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will usher in the resumed production at a ceremony Tuesday.
NEWS
May 9, 1991 | Reuters
A mass of fine black soot, apparently blown from blazing Kuwaiti oil wells, is hanging in the air over Japan, the Meteorological Agency said Wednesday. The agency's observation plane detected soot in air samples taken 4.7 miles above the Tokyo area, where usually no soot is found.
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