Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid Al-Falih, announced that at 6:20 a.m. today (17 August, 2019), a processing unit of Shaybah’s natural gas plant was targeted by explosive-laden drones, resulting in a limited fire.
The fire was quickly controlled and extinguished resulting in minor damages and thankfully with no causalities to personnel. Saudi Arabia’s oil production and exports were not interrupted as a result of this terroristic attack.
Al-Falih also stressed that Saudi Arabia condemns in the strongest terms this cowardly attack, and affirms that this action of sabotage is a continuation of the series of vulgar attacks targeting the global oil supply chain that including those that were recently launched against oil pipelines in the Kingdom and tankers in the Arabian Gulf amongst others. He emphasized that these attacks not only target Saudi Arabia, but also the global energy security of supply and through that the global economy, demonstrating once again the imperative for the global community to confront all terrorist entities that carry out such acts of sabotage, including the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen.