Kuwait has ambitious plans to increase output capacity. Heavy oil fields are central to its efforts, with deals to bring in Total and Lukoil in the works.

Kuwait is relying on developing heavy oil reserves in the north to help hit its 4mn b/d liquids production capacity target by 2020. Crude and condensate capacity currently stands just above 3mn b/d. It looks set to fall short of the target, especially as last November’s parliamentary election has heightened political turbulence....