Saudi Aramco drone strikes cut oil production by 5.7 million bpd

The attacks on Saudi Aramco's plants in Abqaiq and Khurais led to fires, but did not cause any injuries

The Abqaiq oil plant (pictured)
Saudi Aramco
The Abqaiq oil plant (pictured)

Saudi Arabian oil and gas company and the world’s largest oil producer, Saudi Aramco, confirmed that the drone strikes on its two oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais resulted in the production of 5.7 million barrels of crude a day being suspended.

A statement from Saudi Aramco revealed that its emergency crews contained fires at its plants in Abqaiq and Khurais, which started as a result of terrorist attacks from projectiles.

Saudi Aramco president and chief executive officer, Amin H Nasser, said: “We are gratified that there were no injuries. I would like to thank all teams that responded timely to the incidents and brought the situation under control. Work is underway to restore production and a progress update will be provided in around 48 hours.”

According to UAE publication The National, the strikes happened at around 4am on Saturday morning and reportedly cut oil production by nearly half across the country.

Construction Week is awaiting further comment from Saudi Aramco on the situation.

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