Saudi Arabia's biggest oil facility attacked by drones

The Man

Former Staff
Jul 2011

Drones set fire to the world’s largest oil processing facility and a major oilfield in Saudi Arabia in a series of targeted attacks, according to the Kingdom’s interior ministry.
Video footage posted online showed flames and smoke billowing from the key sites at Buqyaq and Khurais after the assaults were launched early on Saturday morning.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have been waging a five-year war with the kingdom, claimed responsibility for the “massive offensive operation” and said ten drones were used in the “bombing”.

The group’s military spokesman Yahia Sarie, in a televised address on Al Masirah TV, warned of further action if the conflict in Yemen continues. “The only option for the Saudi government is to stop attacking us,” he added.

No injuries were reported but the incident is likely to heighten tensions across the Persian Gulf, given that Iran has been accused of backing the rebel group by the US, UN and Saudi Arabia.
The kingdom’s interior ministry said in a statement that the fires were under control and an investigation into the attack was underway.

Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil giant, described its Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, around 200 miles northeast of the capital Riyadh, as “the largest crude oil stabilisation plant in the world”. Estimates suggest it can process up to seven million barrels of crude oil a day.

It has previously been targeted by militants, including a failed suicide bomber mission by Al Qaida in February 2006.

The Khurais oil field is believed to produce over one million barrels of crude oil a day and has estimated reserves of over 20 billion barrels of oil.
Following the attacks, suspicion immediately fell on the Houthi rebels, who have been fighting the Saudis in Yemen since March 2015 and hold the capital Sanaa.

In August Houthi drones struck Saudi Arabia’s Shaybah oil field, which produces some one million barrels of crude oil a day near the border with the United Arab Emirates.

Yemen’s civil war has become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, killing more than 90,000 people and pushing the country to the brink of famine.
Drone attacks spark huge fire at world's biggest oil processing facility

The Houthis are gonna win this war; while the Saudis and Emiratis and their proxies in Yemen been to busy fighting each other, lately: Proxy war BETWEEN Saudi & UAE in Yemen

May 2019
This is going to be a big deal beyond the oil shock. There will be a lot of discussion of the fact that Houthis managed to launch a drone attack 500 miles into Saudi territory and what that means about "terrorism" in general and attacks on oil infrastructure in particular. And it will rile up conservatives who will blame Iran and ignore Saudi cruelty. Watch for lots of grandstanding.


Former Staff
Jun 2010
South Florida
Not yet sure if its the Houtis..

The Saudi government called the strikes a terrorist attack and said it was investigating.
Analysts cautioned against accepting the Houthi claim of responsibility at face value. An attack in May on a Saudi oil-pumping station, which Saudi officials initially blamed on the Houthis and Iran, later turned out to have been launched by an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq, according to U.S. officials.
Saudi officials aren’t sure the attack emanated from Yemen and were discussing on Saturday the possibility that the attack came from the north, according to people familiar with the matter.
Saudi Arabia Shuts Down About Half Its Oil Output After Drone Strikes

But anyhoo daaaaang... big bada boom.