The recovery of oil production in Kuwait following Liberation required the tremendous efforts of many people. With regards to the oilfields, the initial phase of the recovery process was to shut-off all of the blowouts. This task was on a scale far beyond any other that the industry had ever seen. Specialized firefighting teams composed of both local KOC employees and Industry experts from around the world were assembled to tackle the huge task. These firefighting teams received much attention as the world watched their progress to control an event that impacted the environment of many nations However, following the successful completion of the firefighting teams there remained the second phase. This phase consisted of the monumental task of returning the oilfields to production. The efforts and accomplishments of this phase are not widely known It is the focus of this paper to highlight the various techniques incorporated to salvage the damaged wellheads and casing strings and where possible return these wells to production. This work will include the broad range of well types that are present within Kuwait, ranging from low pressure to high pressure (15M psi) completions. Additionally, the work consisted of various phases which included both rig and rig-less operations It should be highlighted that the damage to each well was unique with some wells requiring only minor repairs to the extensively damaged wells which required wellhead removal, splicing of casing strings, fishing operations, and recompletion. To further complicate the process, the work was conducted in an environment that was less than optimum with the presence of H2S. extreme desert temperatures, oil-ladcn soil, and unclcarcd minefields This work is equaled only by the tremendous accomplishments of the initial firefighting phase.

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