Although oil-rich, Kuwait has modest gas reserves. Consequently, the Arab Gulf state has been a net importer
of the resource since 2008, and in 2009 Kuwait became the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
. As a host of obstacles (contract structures, geological challenges, etc.) have hindered
rapid expansion of Kuwait’s natural gas production, it has an increasing need for foreign natural gas supplies to meet domestic demand for electricity, water desalination, and petrochemicals, in addition to enhanced oil recovery techniques to increase oil production, which Kuwait depends on for 90 percent
of government income.