“Kuwait and Saudi Arabia want to explore the subject of Dora gas as a team with Iran since the resources in the sector are a mutual interest between us,” Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said.
During his remarks at the inauguration of the 29th Middle East Conference for Oil and Gas, which is being placed in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Prince Abdulaziz said: “Concerning this subject, we are making progress. If Iran claims to have an interest in the field, we have issued a joint statement encouraging it to come to the negotiation table.”
“Saudi Arabia and Kuwait seek to work together as a team in any discussions because they have a common interest in these resources,” he said, adding that “Saudi Arabia’s local transition of energy production to gas and renewable energy will allow one million barrels per day of oil for export.”
“Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have agreed to speed the development and exploitation of the “Durra” gas field, in which Iran affirms that it is partnered with them,” the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
A few days later, the Iranian government declared that drilling activities in the Arash / Al-Durra field, which is jointly owned by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, will begin shortly.
Kuwait recently indicated that it would begin drilling operations without negotiating with Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Saeed Khatibzadeh, affirmed that his nation had the right to invest in the “Arsh / Al-Durra” field, which it shares with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Khatibzadeh was reported by IRNA as stating on the new deal between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait: The “Arsh/Durra” field is a cooperative field involving Iran, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, with portions of it located in undefined seas between the two countries.