Saudi energy minister says oil pumping stations hit by explosive-laden drones

He called the attack "an act of terrorism" that targeted global oil supplies.
Tuesday 14/05/2019
This March, 2006 file photo shows a general view of oil tanks at a plant in Haradh, about 280 kilometres (170 miles) southwest of the eastern Saudi oil city of Dhahran. (AFP)
This March, 2006 file photo shows a general view of oil tanks at a plant in Haradh, about 280 kilometres (170 miles) southwest of the eastern Saudi oil city of Dhahran. (AFP)

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Tuesday that two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones, calling the attack "an act of terrorism" that targeted global oil supplies.

The Saudi minister said that his country's oil output and exports for crude and refined products were continuing without disruption, but that the state oil giant Aramco had halted oil pumping in the pipeline while the damage was evaluated and the stations were repaired, according to a statement carried by the state news agency SPA.

(Reuters)