A major processing facility and an oilfield, operated by Saudi Aramco were attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia on September 14, 2019. According to the Interior Ministry, there was a huge fire sparkled at one of the sites affecting global energy supplies early morning.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the drone attacks. There was no clarity about the effect it would have on oil production in the kingdom or about any injuries in the attacks. However, there were online videos shot in the oil production which includes a sound of gunfire in the background with smoke rising which led to glowing flames in a while.
The Interior Ministry told that the fire began only after the sites were targeted by various drones. However, it has not been confirmed as the investigation into the matter is still underway. The company describes its Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq as “the largest crude oil stabilization plant in the world.”
The Saudi Aramco plant which can process up to 7 million barrels of crude oil in a day has been targeted by militants in the past as well. Al-Qaida-claimed suicide bombers tried but failed to attack the oil complex in February 2006.
As the markets were closed for the weekend across the world, there was no immediate impact on global oil prices. Buqyaq is some 330 kilometers (205 miles) northeast of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. This has reportedly been one of the largest drone aided attacks by the Houthi rebels in the past year.