Kuwait says 'maintenance' forcing closure of oil fields that produce 200,000 barrel a day

Kuwait's oil minister says the country will shut down production for at least two weeks at the Wafra oil fields that produce around 200,000 barrels a day.

Ali al-Omair says time of the resumption of production in the fields will be decided after two weeks of "maintenance." He spoke to the state-run Kuwait News Agency on Wednesday during a visit to neighboring Qatar.

The Wafra fields, which lie in a neutral zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, are jointly operated and developed by the two countries.

Industry experts and local newspapers say the closure may also have been prompted by a dispute between the Gulf-allied nations over oil firm operators in the fields.