A key technical panel has approved a previously stalled USD 15 billion project to build a refinery with capacity of 615,000bpd in Kuwait. The Supreme Petroleum Council will now have to make the final decision about building the Al Zour refinery. It did not say when the council was expected to meet. The tendering process and other administrative procedures would take up to 2 years before construction of the refinery could start. The facility would eventually replace the older 200,000bpd refinery at Shuaiba and produce low sulphur fuel oil.