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Damage at Saudi oil facilities revealed after airstrikes

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September 20, 2019 | 11:54am

The extent of the harm brought on by airstrikes at two main Saudi oil services was revealed on Friday.

Journalists toured the wreckage on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil services — the place a charred oil stabilization tower stood, damaged items of pipe have been punctured with holes and twisted hunks of steel have been piled up.

The drone and missile assaults on the two vegetation owned by state-run firm Aramco — described as “the largest crude oil stabilization plant in the world” — on Saturday despatched oil costs hovering and stoked fears of conflict as many blamed Iran.

The oil discipline, which has been focused by militants up to now, is believed to supply over 1 million barrels of crude oil a day.

Officers stated 110 contractors evacuated the location after the assault and there have been no accidents. The oil discipline was again on-line inside 24 hours of the assault, they stated.

Khalid Buraik, Aramco’s vice chairman for southern space oil operations, stated the corporate will convey full oil manufacturing can be again by the top of September.

Iran has denied involvement, with overseas minister Javad Zarif threatening an “all-out war” if the US or Saudi Arabia launch army strikes in retaliation.

With Submit wires

A metal part of a damaged tank is seen at the damaged site of Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq

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FILE PHOTO: Smoke is seen following a fire at an Aramco factory in Abqaiq

Smoke is seen following a fireplace at an Aramco manufacturing unit in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia

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Workers are seen at the damaged site of Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq

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Staff of Aramco oil firm work in Saudi Arabia

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