Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) was established in 1960 as a joint venture between the State of Kuwait and public shareholders, to exploit Kuwait’s share of what was rapidly becoming an international Industry.
In 1975, KNPC became a fully State owned company, and in 1980, a subsidiary of the newly formed Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. It was assigned to handle oil-refining operation, gas liquefaction activities as well as supplying gasoline, gas oil, kerosene and lube oil to the national consumer marketplace. KNPC also provides the Ministry of Electricity and Water with gas oil and heavy fuel oil for local power plants.
Following the restructuring of the Kuwait oil sector in 1980, KNPC took over the management of Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery in addition to its Shuaiba Refinery and Mina Abdulla Refinery, which was, transferred to KNPC in 1978.
Over the course of the decade, Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery was modernised to produce the environmentally approved low sulphur fuel oil used by the country’s power stations, refineries, petrochemical plants and heavy industry. The quality of refined products was also upgraded.
As for the petroleum products distribution network, KNPC operates over 98 filling stations in various parts of Kuwait