Terrorists have attacked two pumping stations in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning, according to the energy minister Khalid Al-Falih.
Khalid Al Falih said on Tuesday that two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones, calling the attack “an act of terrorism” that targeted global oil supplies.
The 1,200-kilometre pipeline carries crude from Saudi Arabia’s main eastern oil fields to the Red Sea port city of Yanbu in the west.
According to Al Falih, the two stations – located in the Dawadmi and Afif governorates in Riyadh – were attacked between 6 am and 6.30am on Tuesday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The attack resulted in a fire at station No. 8, which was controlled after causing “limited damage”, the report said. The fire has since been contained.
Saudi Aramco has taken all necessary measures and temporarily shut down the pipeline to evaluate its condition, the report said. The company is working on restoring the pump station prior to resuming operations.
However, Al-Falih stressed that the production and exports of Saudi crude oil and products will continue “without interruption”.
The attacks come after Saudi confirmed that two of its oil tankers were among the four vessels attacked off the coast of the UAE on Sunday.
“The kingdom condemns this cowardly attack. This act of terrorism and the recent act of sabotage in the Arabian Gulf against vital installations not only target the kingdom, but also the safety of the world’s energy supply and the global economy,” the report said.
“It reaffirms the importance of addressing all the terrorist groups carrying out such acts of sabotage, including the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen.”