Houthis attack Saudi oilfield with drone, but output ‘unaffected’

Oil prices rose for the second straight day as a drone attack launched by Yemen’s Houthi group on an oilfield in eastern Saudi Arabia on Saturday caused a fire at a gas plant, Reuters reports, but the attack “had no impact on oil production.”

Energy Minister and Chairman of Saudi Aramco Khalid Al-Falih said the targeted supergiant oil facility, Shaybah oil field, was an attack on oil supply and the global economy.

“The target of this attack is the safety of global oil supply, not just the kingdom; it constitutes a threat to the global economy,” Energy Minister and Chairman of Saudi Aramco Khalid Al-Falih said in comments published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attack was a “cowardly act that threatens security and stability in the region.”

“The targeting of oil facilities in the Kingdom reveals the malicious goals harming the global energy supply,” he said.

Yahia Sarie, a spokesman for the Houthis, earlier claimed in a video that the attack saw the rebels launch 10 drones at the facility, according to the AP.

Saudi Aramco said there were no injuries and no interruptions to oil operations, according to Reuters. “Saudi Aramco’s response team controlled a limited fire this morning at the Shaybah NGL (natural gas liquids) facility,” the company said in a statement.