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BAPCO operations remain uninterrupted, Bahraini authorities say

Bahrain's BAPCO activated business continuity plans on September 14 following the drone attacks on Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia

BAPCO operations remain uninterrupted, Bahraini authorities say

Bahrain’s National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) has announced that BAPCO’s refinery operations remain uninterrupted in the wake of drone attacks on oil facilities in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

“All our facilities continue to operate safely and without incident. We keep our key stakeholders advised of what we will do in response to such incidents and update our plans as new and relevant information becomes available,” NOGA said in a statement carried by the state-run Bahrain News Agency.

The statement added that BACPO has “close contact with our Aramco colleagues at the effected facilities and continue to assess the potential implications to our operations in Bahrain, and the crude supply to BAPCO’s refinery is uninterrupted to meet the operational requirements of the refinery in compliance with the measures adopted in the business continuity plan.”

According to BAPCO, its business continuity plans were activated on September 14.

“We develop and practice these plans in response to these kinds of incidents,” the statement added.

Citing trade sources, Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia was forced to shut down its crude oil pipeline to Bahrain after the attacks on the oil facilities.

One of the sources noted that the pipeline – which carried 220,000 to 230,000 barrels per day (bpd) – from Saudi Aramco to BAPCO was closed after the attacks reduced output of mainly light crude grades.  

The sources added that BAPCO is working to secure vessels to bring in approximately 2 million barrels of Saudi crude as a result of the shutdown.

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