Houthi Attack on Saudi Oil Distribution Plant Won’t Affect Customers, Company Says

Iran-aligned Houthi forces struck the Saudi Aramco facility, in the north of Jeddah, in a missile attack on Monday

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General view of Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia May 21, 2018.
General view of Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia May 21, 2018.Credit: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

An official from the Saudi Aramco oil company on Tuesday said customers were unaffected by an attack that came from Yemen's Houthi group at a petroleum products distribution plant in the north of Jeddah city.

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi forces on Monday said they fired a missile at and struck the Jeddah facility. Saudi authorities later confirmed the attack.

One of the 13 tanks at Aramco's North Jeddah Bulk Plant is currently out of action, the official told journalists on a tour.

He described the site as a "critical facility" which distributes more than 120,000 barrels of products per day domestically to Jeddah, Mecca and the al-Baha region.

A fire caused in the incident was extinguished in around 40 minutes with no casualties, the official said.

The projectile struck the storage tank from the top, causing "major damage" to the tanks' roof, with a hole around 2 metres square, the official said. Black marks and some damage around its top rim were visible.

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