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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Kuwait 2019
The Kuwait Environmental Remediation Program (KERP) falls under the domain of KOC and relates to the remediation of the oil lakes, tartrate and other sources of contamination that have been left over from the 1990/91 invasion. KOC works in coordination with the United Nations and other official bodies within Kuwait on issues related to the KERP Program.
Following the aftermath of Iraq’s devastating invasion in 1990/9, most of Kuwait’s natural resources were severely damaged. Much of Kuwait’s soil and water was contaminated by crude oil after retreating forces set fire to more than 700 oil wells throughout Kuwait. The oil lakes that this created has had a negative and lasting impact on Kuwait’s subterranean water resources. T
The program was designed to provide a clear understanding of Kuwait’s present environmental situation and the extent of damage that was inflicted on the country’s natural resources. The study resulted in awarding the State of Kuwait with six environmental claims to remediate and restore environmental damages by the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC). To help restore the environment, the UNCC issued guidelines to describe a follow-up program that would monitor technical and financial progress of the planning and implementation of environmental remediation projects.
The KERP project is the largest bioremediation project of its kind in the world. As such, it requires innovative and novel methods aimed at cleaning the damaged soil. By cleaning the soil and bringing life back to the desert, Kuwait is not only restoring the natural environment, it is helping to put this dark chapter behind us by eliminating the evidence of this event and starting a new relationship and fresh beginning with our northern neighbor, who we have made peace with and are ready to forgive.