Saudi Minister of Energy: Assault on Shaybah Field Caused Limited Damage, Oil Production and Exports Uninterrupted
August 19, 2019
H.E Khalid Al Falih, Saudi Minister of Energy, stated that a processing unit of Shaybah’s natural gas plant was targeted by explosive-laden drones, resulting in a limited fire at 6:20 a.m. August 17.
The fire was quickly controlled and extinguished, resulting in minor damages and thankfully, no causalities. Saudi Arabia’s oil production and exports were not interrupted as a result of this terrorist attack, he said.
Al-Falih stressed that Saudi Arabia condemns in the strongest terms this cowardly attack, describing it as the latest act of sabotage in a series of attacks that target global oil supply chains, including recent attacks against oil pipelines and tankers in the Arabian Gulf. H.E said it was 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.
Finally, Minister Al Falih said that this aggression not only targets Saudi Arabia, but also the security of global energy supplies, and more broadly, the global economy.