Kuwait contains oil spill off its southern coast

Kuwait's state oil company says it has contained an oil spill off the Gulf country's southern coast.

The Kuwait Petroleum Company said in a statement carried by the state news agency on Tuesday evening that cleanup teams took steps to break up the spill near power and desalination plants.

It says large volumes of floating oil have been removed, and that it has contacted oil companies to determine the source of the leak.

The oil spill came to light a week and a half ago. Authorities reported a second offshore oil spill on August 15.

OPEC member Kuwait has proven oil reserves of more than 100 billion barrels and produces 2.9 million barrels a day.