Drone Attack Strikes Major Aramco Oil Facilities In Saudi, Deets Inside
The Interior Minister said, the fires began after the Aramco sites were 'targeted by drones.
Drone attacks targeted a major part in eastern Saudi Arabia which caused fire at two major facilities run by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant.
The official Saudi Press Agency said, “At 04:00 (0100 GMT), the industrial security teams of Aramco started dealing with fires at two of its facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais as a result of… drones,”
“The two fires have been controlled,” they added.
The ministry said that it is not clear if there were any injuries on the processing plant in Buqyaq and at the Khurais oil field. The investigations are still going on and it has not been revealed about who could be behind the major attacks as not one claimed the responsibility for attacks.
The videos which surfaced on social media showed smoke rising above the oil giant’s facility in Abqaiq and gunfire could be heard in the background in Buqyaq.
Saudi Aramco did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. They also have described its Abqaiq oil processing facility as “the largest crude oil stabilization plant in the world.”
First, they process the sour crude oil into sweet crude and later transport onto transhipment points on the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. According to the estimation, it suggests that it can process up to 7 million barrels of crude oil a day.
According to Aramco, the Khurais oil field produces over 1 million barrels of crude oil a day and has estimated reserves of over 20 billion barrels.
In February 2006, Al-Qaeda claimed suicide bombers at the plant but failed to attack the oil complex.
There is no immediate impact on global oil prices as the markets were closed for the weekend across the world.