'Explosive-laden drones' start fire at Saudi Aramco's Shaybah field

Energy minister Khalid Al-Falih confirmed that a processing unit fire on 17 August had not interrupted Saudi Aramco's operations

The fire was reportedly started by a drone strike.
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The fire was reportedly started by a drone strike.

Saudi Arabia's state-held oil giant Saudi Aramco confirmed that there were “no interruptions” in its oil production activities after a fire started due to a drone strike at its Shaybah field, with the oil and gas firm revealing in a statement that its response team had controlled the fire and that there were no injuries or disruptions to its oil output.

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, Khalid Al-Falih, announced that at 6:20am on 17 August, 2019, a processing unit of Shaybah’s natural gas plant was targeted by explosive-laden drones, resulting in a limited fire.

According to Saudi Arabia's official news agency, SPA, Al-Falih said the kingdom "condemns in the strongest terms this cowardly attack, and affirms that this action of sabotage is a continuation of the series of vulgar attacks targeting the global oil supply chain that including those that were recently launched against oil pipelines in the kingdom and tankers in the Arabian Gulf amongst others".

SPA's report added that Al-Falih "emphasised that these attacks not only target Saudi Arabia, but also the global energy security of supply and through that the global economy". 

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