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The drone attack against Saudi oil facilities frustrates the extraction of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil

September 15, 2019


The attack on the heart of the Saudi Arabian oil industry by Yemeni Huthi militias has thwarted the extraction of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day, that is, about 50 percent of the company's production.

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman has assured that this reduction – which represents about five percent of global supplies – will be compensated through the company's stock.

The drone attack against Saudi oil facilities frustrates the extraction of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil
The drone attack against Saudi oil facilities frustrates the extraction of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil

He also pointed out that this “terrorist act” that resulted in the temporary suspension of production operations at the Abqaiq and Khurais plants, has also led to the cessation of gas production, which will reduce the supply of ethane and liquids from natural gas by up to 50 percent, according to the Saudi state news agency, SPA.

As for local supplies, the prince and Minister of Energy has stressed that this attack has had no impact on the supply of electricity, nor on the supply of fuel to the local market. “Nor has it caused injuries to workers. The company is still evaluating the implications of these losses,” he added. He also stressed that the oil company is working on the recovery of lost amounts.

Finally, the minister stressed that these attacks “are not only aimed at Saudi Arabia, but are against the world oil supply and its security. Therefore, they represent a threat to the world economy.”

Saudi Arabia has reported attacks on two facilities of state oil company Aramco with a total of ten drones, although without causing personal injury. One of the attacked facilities is located in Abqaiq, near Damman, in the Eastern Province, while the other is located in the Hijrat Jurais oil field.

The Huthis have claimed this attack with ten drones against the Abqaiq and Jurais refineries in eastern Saudi Arabia, as explained by a Huthi spokesman, General Yahya Saree, who has warned that these operations will “expand” to be “more painful “if Saudi Arabia continues its attacks in Yemen.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Iran of being responsible for the attack. “Tehran is after almost a hundred attacks against Saudi Arabia while (Iranian President Hasan) Rohani and (Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad) Zariv pretend they are for diplomacy,” Pompeo said through a message on Twitter .

Therefore, Pompeo has urged “all nations” to “publicly and unequivocally condemn” these “Iran attacks.” Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has had a telephone conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salmán, in which he has offered US support for “Saudi Arabia's self-defense” and has condemned this attack against the “vital energy infrastructures”.

The Saudi government has added that Trump has agreed on the need to collaborate with Riyadh to “maintain its security and stability” and has stated that these attacks have a negative impact on “the United States economy and the world economy.”

The conflict in Yemen began in March 2015 and faces the Government of Abdo Rabbu Mansur Hadi, supported by the Saudi military coalition, and the Huthis, backed by Iran. The insurrection of the Suryemen separatists against the Government has opened a new front in the dispute.

The Yemen War is considered the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world and has dragged one of the poorest countries on the planet to a scene of absolute devastation, famine and cholera outbreaks.