Oil production at Riyadh’s two Saudi Aramco plants attacked by Houthi militants has temporarily stopped, interrupting about half of the company’s total daily oil output, the Saudi energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, said Saturday, cited by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman the said the attacks have led to the interruption of an estimated 5.7 million barrels of crude, or about 50 percent of total company production, according to SPA.
The minister also explained that the explosions stopped production of an estimated 2 billion cubic feet of petrochemical compounds per day that are used to produce 700 thousand barrels of natural gas liquids, reducing the supply of ethane and other natural gases by some 50 percent, the SPA said.
Bin Salman, however, stressed that the attack has not resulted in any impact on the supply of electricity and water, or on the supply of fuel to the local market, nor has it resulted in injuries among workers at these sites, although the company is assessing the impact, according to SPA.
The Saudi energy minister also emphasized, cited by SPA, that the attacks are an extension of a recent Houthi campaign targeting oil and civil facilities, pumping stations and oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf, suggesting that the attacks are targeting the security of the world’s oil supply.
Saudi Aramco, a state-owned fossil fuel giant, operates and controls the majority of the…