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WorldSaudi controls fire at Aramco facility in Abqaiq -Al Arabiya TV

08:45  14 september  2019
08:45  14 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Yemeni rebel attacks pose danger to Saudi infrastructure Drone attacks launched by Yemeni rebels on Saudi oil facilities on Saturday have exposed the threat to critical infrastructure in the kingdom. 

A fire broke out at Saudi Aramco ’s facility in the city of Abqaiq in the oil-rich kingdom’s Eastern Province on Saturday morning. Dubai-based Al - Arabiya , meanwhile, reported that the fire had been contained and that Saudi authorities are expected to come up with a statement soon.

Saudi Aramco describes its Abqaiq oil processing facility there as "the largest crude oil stabilization plant in the world." An explosion and fire struck a major Saudi Aramco oil processing facility Saturday in the The Dubai-based satellite channel Al - Arabiya first acknowledged the blaze, citing

RIYADH, Sept 14 (Reuters) - A fire that broke out before dawn at a Saudi Aramco facility in the eastern city of Abqaiq has been brought under control, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported on Saturday, citing its own correspondent.

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The cause of the fire is unknown. There was no official confirmation of the Arabiya report, which gave no details but said Saudi authorities would later issue a statement. Aramco did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Abqaiq, about 60 km (37 miles) southwest of Dhahran in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, contains the world's largest oil processing plant. Most Saudi oil exported from the Gulf is processed there.

Iran dismisses US allegation it was behind Saudi oil attacks

Iran dismisses US allegation it was behind Saudi oil attacks Iran denied on Sunday it was involved in Yemen rebel drone attacks the previous day targeting the world's biggest oil processing facility and an oil field in Saudi Arabia, just hours after America's top diplomat alleged that Tehran was behind the "unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply." © Provided by The Associated Press This Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, satellite image from Planet Labs Inc. shows thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia.

Smoke is seen following a fire at an Aramco factory in Abqaiq , Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019 in this Dubai: An explosion and fire has struck a major Saudi Aramco oil processing facility in the kingdom's east The Dubai-based satellite channel Al Arabiya first acknowledged the blaze, citing The channel said the blaze had been brought under control , without elaborating or offering a cause.

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Tensions are running high in the region after attacks in June and July on oil tankers in Gulf waters that Riyadh and Washington blamed on Iran. Tehran denies the accusations.

Iran-aligned Houthi fighters in Yemen have also launched attacks over the border, hitting Shaybah oilfield with drones last month and two oil pumping stations in May. Both attacks caused fires but did not disrupt production.

Security forces foiled an al Qaeda attack on Abqaiq in 2006.

Saudi royal court adviser Turki Alalshikh on Saturday condemned what he said were lies and rumours on social media where unverified videos appeared to show footage of the fires.

"Praise to God, safe and secure... Abqaiq is well," he tweeted.

Aramco is preparing to float shares as early as this year as part of efforts to diversify the economy of the world's top oil exporter away from crude. It has hired nine banks as joint global coordinators to lead the IPO and has been meeting bankers this week in Dubai as it speeds up the listing plans. (Reporting by Ahmed Tolba in Cairo, Rania El Gamal in Dubai and Stephen Kalin in Riyadh; Editing by Richard Borsuk)

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SAUDI-ARAMCO/ATTACKS-NASSER (UPDATE 1):UPDATE 1-Saudi Aramco has emerged from attacks "stronger than ever" - CEOThe Sept. 14 attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais plants, some of the kingdom's biggest, caused raging fires and significant damage that halved the crude output of the world's top oil exporter, by shutting down 5.7 million barrels per day of production.

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