|17 August, 2019

Houthi drones hit Saudi Aramco plant, sparking small fire

Limited damage, no disruption of oil production or exports, asserts Saudi minister Al-Falih

View of the production facility at Saudi Aramco's Shaybah oilfield in the Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia May 22, 2018. Image used for illustrative purpose.

View of the production facility at Saudi Aramco's Shaybah oilfield in the Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia May 22, 2018. Image used for illustrative purpose.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
DUBAI: The Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih has confirmed that a Houthi drone strike hit the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction facility causing a small fire on Saturday.

In a statement condemning the attack, Falih said there had been “no injuries” and that the fire had been put out after the Houthis fired several drones.

“Saudi Aramco’s response team controlled a limited fire this morning at the Shaybah NGL facility,” a statement released on the oil giant’s website read.

“There were no injuries and no interruptions to Saudi Aramco’s oil operations. We will provide further details as they become available.”

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