Media views Saudi oil facilities after attack; Iran says it will retaliate if targeted

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Saudi Arabia took media to the Khurais and Abqaiq facilities that were hit by the strikes.

Washington and Riyadh are blaming Iran while Iran is repeatedly denying involvement in Saudi oil attacks on September 14. Iran warned the US it would retaliate if targeted for the attacks. Yemen’s Houthi movement has claimed responsibility and said it used drones to assault state oil company Aramco’s sites.

Saudi Aramco showed media the scene of the attack where there were melted pipes, debris and ruptured equipment, caused by aerial strikes. On the scene, the missiles caused the pipes to break open, spilling oil and accelerating fire.

The site indicated substantial destruction, even though workers are available and working round the clock, 24 hours a day at the facility.

Enormous sheets of twisted metal of equipment laid next to damaged tanks while smell of natural gas and hydrocarbons lingers over the facility.

Khaled Al Buraik, Aramco’s vice president for southern-area oil production said, “the facility was struck 18 times, with five hits on crude-stabilization towers and 11 on spheroids, which separate natural gas from oil.”

The plant picked up 30 percent of processing within 24 hours of the attack. Abqaiq’s production prior was estimated at 4.9 million barrels a day and now it processes about 2 million a day.

Aramco officials assured that the plants will be repaired quickly- equipment will either be repaired or replaced, but the facility will get back on track and deliver on time loadings to customers. Production will, reportedly, resume back to normal by the end of September.

Trump has imposed sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the bank was Tehran’s last source of funds.

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