Saudi temporarily halts production at attacked oil plants: Minister

Saudi Energy Minister, Saudi, Aramco
Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman. SPA

Riyadh - The attacks led to the interruption of about 50 per cent of total production, the minister said.


Published: Sun 15 Sep 2019, 8:27 AM

Last updated: Sun 15 Sep 2019, 10:38 AM

Saudi Arabia has temporarily halted production at two Aramco oil facilities that were attacked by Yemeni rebels, interrupting about half of the company's total output, the energy minister said on Saturday.
The attacks "resulted in a temporary suspension of production at Abqaiq and Khurais plants," Saudi Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
It led to the interruption of about 50 per cent of total production, he added.

"These attacks resulted in production suspension of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day," the state-owned Aramco said in a separate statement.

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said work was underway to restore production and a progress update would be provided in the next two days.
The Houthi rebel drone attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais, two key Aramco facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia, are the latest in a series of raids on the kingdom's oil installations in recent months.
Nasser said "no injuries" were reported in the attacks.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the strikes.

"Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply," Pompeo said.

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