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Drone attack on Saudi oil facilities: Biggest disruption in three decades

The drone attack on Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq oil processing facilities on Saturday almost destroyed the plants

Abhishek Waghmare & Sameer Mulgaonkar 

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A satellite image shows an apparent drone strike on an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia September 14, 2019.

The drone attack on Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facilities on Saturday almost destroyed the plants. It resulted in a direct disruption of nearly 5.7 million barrels of oil per day from to the world.

Put in context to the overall daily supply of crude oil, which was 99.24 million barrels per day (mbpd) in August 2019 (Opec data), this disruption was more than 6 per cent of global oil supply.

The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait , which had kicked off the Gulf War, did not affect supply cut to the extent the Saturday attack did.


Saudi Aramco drone attack causes biggest oil supply disruption in 3 decades

First Published: Tue, September 17 2019. 00:39 IST
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