Attacks on Abqaiq Facility- the World’s Largest Petroleum Processing Plant

Abqaiq Facility

The World’s Largest Petroleum Processing Plant – Abqaiq Facility

Saudi Amraco, the world’s top oil producer was attacked again on 14th September 2019. A previous attempt was made to disrupt the oil reserves. But this attack was quite a substantial one and has destroyed more than half the oil reserve, causing a global effect.

The United States has produced a set of images that show the drone attacks on oil reserves. There were as many as 19 points of impact at two different Saudi energy facilities. These included the most crucial oil processing plant, the Abqaiq Facility, which is at the heart of the Saudi Oil kingdom. The officials claim that the attacks were seen from the side of Iran or Iraq rather than from the Yemen side or further south.

Attacks on Abqaiq Facility

The attacks were mainly targeted at the Abqaiq Facility of Saudi Arabia, which is one of the largest running oil processing plants. These attacks were done with the help of drones, which began at about 4:00 local time, causing thick clouds and black smoke in the air. There have been no reports of injuries yet. The full extent of damage is not yet reported neither the type of weapons used has been clear. With tight security all around, reporters and other officials were denied access to any further information.

The other additional devices, which failed to reach the targets were later discovered in the northwest parts of the facilities, and are being currently being inspected by the Saudi and American Intelligence. The incident has had a grave impact on oil prices worldwide, causing a 5% cut in the oil supplies and soaring oil prices. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in a statement has blamed Iran for the attacks, without any evidence.

US President Donald Trump on Attacks on Abqaiq Facility

The US President Donald Trump also tweeted on Saturday, directly accusing Iran of the attack, and has suggested a strong military action against the victim, once known. In his tweet, Donald Trump said that,

“Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is a reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”

Amraco has said that work is being done to restore the production, but it will need weeks to get back to reach the full output again. But the incidence will surely affect future investments. 

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