Chevron expects full oil output from Saudi-Kuwaiti field within 12 months

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Chevron (CVX) is seen in Los Angeles, California, United States, April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. oil major Chevron said on Tuesday it expects Saudi-Kuwaiti Neutral Zone’s Wafra oilfield to return to full production within 12 months.

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday signed a deal aiming to end their five-year dispute over the Neutral Zone and resume production which can amount to up to 0.5 percent of global oil supply.

“We welcome the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the governments of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Kuwait which will lead to a restart of production and operations in the Wafra Joint Operations,” Chevron said.

Saudi Arabian Chevron, on behalf of Saudi Arabia, jointly operates the Wafra field with the Kuwait Gulf Oil Company, (KGOC). The Wafra field has been shut in since May 2015.

Reporting by Ron Bousso, writing by Dmitry Zhdannikov, editing by Louise Heavens