RIAD, Sep. 21 (Reuters / EP) –
Saudi oil company Aramco has emerged from the attacks suffered by its facilities “stronger than ever”, said its president, Amin Nasser, in a message sent to its employees, which states that total crude production will resume by the end of this month.
The attacks of September 14 against the plants of Abqaiq and Jurais, two of the largest in the kingdom, caused large fires and significant damage that halved the production of crude oil in the world's largest exporter, by stopping the production of 5 , 7 million barrels a day.
“The shots that sought to destroy Aramco have had an unintended consequence: they have galvanized the 70,000 of us around a mission to recover quickly and with confidence, and Aramco has emerged from this incident stronger than ever,” said Nasser in the internal message, on the occasion of the national day of Saudi Arabia, which is celebrated on September 23.
“Every second counts at times like these and if we had not acted quickly to contain the fires and quickly begin recovery efforts, the impact on the oil market and the world economy would have been much more devastating,” he said.
On Friday, the state oil company invited journalists to visit the attacked facilities to see first hand the data and repair work.
Thousands of employees and contractors have been removed from other projects to work against the clock to restore production. Aramco is moving material from the United States and Europe to rebuild the damaged facilities, the oil company told reporters.
Aramco has already recovered part of the lost production and will return to pre-attack levels by the end of September, Nasser said. “Not a single shipment to our international clients has been lost or canceled as a result of the attacks and we will continue to fulfill our mission of supplying the energy that the world needs,” he said in the message, which Reuters had access to.
Yemeni Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the United States and Saudi Arabia have held Iran responsible for it, something Tehran denies.