An oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia has been attacked by an armed drone, causing a fire and minor damage.
Pump stations eight and nine on the East-West Pipeline were targeted in the attack, which occurred on the morning of Tuesday 14 May.
The fire was contained and the pipeline was temporarily shut down in order to evaluate its condition; however, Saudi Arabian Minister for Energy Khalid Al-Falih said the country’s oil production had not been interrupted.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia described the attack as cowardly and condemned all terrorist entities.
Saudi Aramco said no injuries or fatalities had been reported and the company’s oil and gas supplies had not been impacted.
The 1,200 km pipeline runs from the Abqaia oil field in the Eastern Province to Yanbu port at the Red Sea.
Originally purposed for crude oil, the pipeline was at one time converted to natural gas before switching back to its original use.
For more information visit the Saudi Aramco website.
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