Two Saudi oil pump stations attacked by drones

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Two Saudi oil pump stations attacked by drones

Saudi Aramco temporarily stopped pumping the pipeline.

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Published: Tue 14 May 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 16 May 2019, 9:33 AM

Saudi Arabia has confirmed that two pump stations on its East-West pipeline were attacked by armed drones.
The nation asserted that its supplies and exports of crude oil and products are operating normally without interruption. 
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In a statement, Khalid A. Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia, said that on Tuesday between 6am to 6.30am pump stations number 8 and 9 on the East-West pipeline, which carries Saudi oil from the Eastern Province to Yanbu port, were attacked by armed drones. The attack ignited a fire that caused minor damage to pump station no. 8, but it was eventually brought under control.
Saudi Aramco took precautionary measures and temporarily stopped operation of the pipeline, as it is evaluating the situation and working on restoring the operations of the affected pump station and the pipeline, according to the Saudi state news agency, Spa.
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Al Falih asserted that Saudi Arabia condemns this attack. He emphasised that the latest acts of terrorism and sabotage in the Arabian Gulf targeting vital facilities do not only target the Kingdom but also the security of oil supplies to the world and the global economy.
"These attacks prove again that it is important for us to face terrorist entities, including the Houthi militias in Yemen that are backed by Iran," the minister added.

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