Saudi Energy Ministry: Jeddah facility operating normally despite Houthi attack

Saudi Energy Ministry: Jeddah facility operating normally despite Houthi attack
Journalists look at a damaged silo a day after an attack at the Saudi Aramco oil facility in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah, on November 24, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 25 November 2020

Saudi Energy Ministry: Jeddah facility operating normally despite Houthi attack

Saudi Energy Ministry: Jeddah facility operating normally despite Houthi attack
  • The incident did not result in any losses in petroleum products, a ministry source said

RIYADH: Operations at a fuel distribution station near Jeddah are continuing as normal after a missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia, the Saudi energy ministry said on Tuesday.
The incident did not result in any losses in petroleum products, a ministry official told Al Arabiya television.
A fire broke out on Monday at a fuel tank at the petroleum products distribution station, north of Jeddah, as a result of a “terrorist projectile” launched from Yemen.

 


The Iran-backed Houthi militants said they struck the facility in the Red Sea city on Monday with a Quds-2 missile. 

 

The latest strike comes just over a year after previous aerial assaults on two other Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia. 

On Tuesday, Aramco granted foreign media access to the Jeddah distribution facility where damage to the storage tank. 

The roof of the tank suffered "major damage", with a hole measuring two square metres, said Abdullah al-Ghamdi, manager of the North Jeddah Bulk Plant.
"It was a big fire; it was a big explosion," Ghamdi said, adding the blaze was extinguished within 40 minutes and no casualties were reported.
The manager said distribution from the plant, which provides refined products including jet fuel to the country's west, was restored within three hours even though the damaged tank -- one of 13 -- remained out of action.

Saudi Arabia has been targeted with dozens of ballistic missile and drone attacks since the start of last year.
Ghamdi likened Monday's incident to the September 2019 assault on the Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oil field in the kingdom's east, which caused turmoil on global energy markets as it temporarily halved the kingdom's crude output.
Washington and Riyadh held Iran responsible for that attack.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday that global oil markets remained well supplied after the attack on the Saudi oil facilities on Monday.

(With AFP)


Saudi Arabia records 4 COVID-19 deaths, 223 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 4 COVID-19 deaths, 223 new cases
Updated 26 January 2021

Saudi Arabia records 4 COVID-19 deaths, 223 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 4 COVID-19 deaths, 223 new cases
  • The Kingdom said 203 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 78

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded four new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,359.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 223 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 366,807 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 2,108 remain active and are still receiving medical care, with most in stable conditions, and 338 critical cases.

According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 78, followed by the Eastern Province with 45, Makkah with 34, Madinah recorded 16 and Qassim confirmed nine cases.
The ministry also announced that 203 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 358,340.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 99.8 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 2.14 million.