Dysfunctional politics is back and has brought an end to Kuwait’s longstanding oil production targets. The country’s new upstream chief has acknowledged that capacity falls at the supergiant Burgan field mean that 2020 targets remain five years away.

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is responsible for Kuwait’s upstream sector outside of the Partitioned Neutral Zone (PNZ), whose upstream resources are shared with Saudi Arabia. The firm has had a long-standing target of increasing...