Drone strikes targeted a significant Saudi Aramco processing center and oilfield in southern Saudi Arabia Saturday, the Interior Ministry said, igniting a massive fire at a few of those websites before sunrise. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the assault, which comes amid preceding drone strikes by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
It was not clear if there weren’t any injuries from the attack on the processing plant at Buqyaq and in the Khurais petroleum area. Online videos allegedly shot in Buqyaq comprised the noise of gunfire in the background. Smoke rose on the skyline, and luminous flames could be viewed a space off.
Aramco didn’t immediately respond to queries from The Associated Press.
The business explains its Abqaiq oil processing center in Buqyaq as”the biggest crude oil stabilization plant on the planet.”
The center procedures sour crude oil to sweet primitive, then afterward transfers onto transshipment points onto the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Estimates indicate it can process around 7 million gallons of crude oil every day.
The plant was targeted previously by militants. Al-Qaida-claimed suicide bombers attempted but failed to strike the petroleum complicated in February 2006.
There was not an immediate effect on international oil prices as markets were shut for the weekend throughout the world. Benchmark Brent crude was trading at just over $60 a barrel.