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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

A first look at Saudi Aramco’s damaged facilities

A first look at Saudi Aramco’s damaged facilities: Attacks on the Khurais and Abqaiq oil facilities consisted of an “assault” by 25 different projectiles — 18 drones and seven cruise missiles — Saudi Arabian officials say. Now the country has brought the international media to see the damage, part of building a body of evidence intended to show that Iran is behind the attacks, the Wall Street Journal tells us (watch, runtime: 03:12). The video shows the damage to one of the stabilizers at Khurais after four missiles struck the plant, as well as a 2 meter hole in a sheet of metal from one of the 11 spheroids damaged at Abqaiq. The attacks wiped out half of the kingdom’s oil capacity, and reduced daily global supply by 5%.

The facilities may take months to repair, far longer than the 10 weeks publicly stated by the company, sources told the WSJ. Aramco is offering to pay premium rates to get the facilities operational as quickly as possible, which a Saudi official estimated could reach into the hundreds of mns of USD.

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