Price of Brent Crude Oil Increases at Historic 10% after Saudi Attacks

Worldwide oil prices rose after the drone attacks hitting the central oil industry of Saudi Arabia on Saturday due to which kingdom forced to decrease its production by fifty percent. Brent crude futures, the global benchmark, soared as high as 19.5 percent to $71.95 per barrel,  the major intraday jump in the history. At 07:35 a.m. ET, the contract was $66.5, up 10.45% or $6.29. The United States West Texas Intermediate futures increased as high as 15.5 percent to $63.34. Later the contract was at $59.54, up 07.88% or $4.69.

On early Saturday, a Saudi oil processing facility at Abqaiq and Khurais oil field attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels resulting cut of fifty percent oil production of the kingdom or 5.7 million barrels of the crude output per day. The national oil firm, Saudi Aramco, reportedly targeted to restore around a third of its crude production or two million barrels today.

S&P Global Platts, global head of analytics, Chris Midgley said that in short, the straight physical impact on the oil market could be narrow, it should transfer the market away from its bearish macroeconomic cycle and elevate the risk premium in the oil market as funds decrease their small positions. After the tweet of American President Donald Trump announcing the authorization of the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to maintain the markets, the worldwide oil prices came off their highs.

Price of Brent Crude Oil Increases at record 10% after Saudi Attacks

World’s Largest and Second Largest oil processing Facilities

At present, Abqaiq of Saudi Arabia is the largest oil processing facility of the world along with the crude oil stabilization plant with the processing capability of over seven million barrels per day. Whereas the world’s second-largest oil processing facility is also from Saudi Arabia, it is Khurais, it is capable of pumping almost 1.5 million barrels per day. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia produced about 9.85 million barrels per day in August.

Whereas, Houthi rebels of Yemen accepted the responsibility of the drone attacks and claimed them as one of their largest attacks ever inside the territory of Kingdom. Furthermore, the Houthis were also behind the number of attacks on Saudi oil tankers, pipelines, along with other oil infrastructure during the last few years. Moreover, Trump said that there is a reason to consider the United States knows the offender. However, they are waiting to receive verification from Saudi Arabia to proceed further.

CEO and President of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser previously said that all workers remained to save during the drone attacks. And they are trying to restore their oil production.

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