Saudi Aramco revealed the significant damage caused by aerial strikes on its Khurais oil field and Abqaiq crude-processing plant last weekend, and insisted that the sites will be back to pre-attack output levels by the end of the month, according to Bloomberg.
An executive in Aramco said in response to the terrorist attacks on Aramco’s two oil plants in Abqaiq and Khurais, that while the team was dealing with the first fires, more strikes followed and 110 employees were evacuated immediately.
On the other hand, Saudi Aramco revealed the extent of the damage to its plants in Khurais, which were targeted by cruise missiles, causing a fire in part of the plant, that was controlled within three hours by fire and rescue teams of industrial security in the plant.
He also pointed out that the Khurais field has a maximum output capacity of 1.45 million bpd and processes all of its oil on site. The assault affected four of its crude-stabilization units — 90-meter (300-foot) towers that reduce pressure and remove gas from the crude. One of the columns shown to reporters was a charred wreck, and at least one other was even more badly damaged, he said.
The Khurais field and processing plant resumed 30% of production within 24 hours of the strike and will produce 1.2 million barrels a day by the end of September, Fahad Al Abdul-Kareem, general manager for Aramco’s southern area oil operations, said at a briefing on Friday. Workers are there 24 hours a day to speed the repairs, but the site showed significant damage.
Arab and international reactions continued to condemn this terrorist attack targeting the global economy. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses its appreciation to all regional and international parties that have expressed their condemnation of this terrorist attack, and calls on the international community to assume its responsibilities in condemning the perpetrators, and to clearly confront these barbaric acts that affect the backbone of the global economy.
Later, Saudi Arabia officially joined the International Alliance for the Safety and Protection of Maritime Navigation. Saudi Arabia’s accession to this international alliance comes in support of regional and international efforts to deter and counter threats to maritime navigation and global trade and ensure global energy security, and the continued flow of energy supplies to the global economy and contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security.
Saudi Arabia’s finance minister, Mohammad Al-Jadaan, confirmed that such terrorist attacks will not affect the Saudi economic aspects.