February 24, 2006

Explosion, shooting at vast Saudi oil facility: TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - An explosion was heard at Saudi Arabia's
huge Abqaiq oil facility in the Kingdom's eastern oil province
on Friday, Al Arabiya television reported.

The Dubai-based station quoted witnesses as saying shooting
was heard in the area, also known locally as Baqiq and site of
one of Saudi Arabi's biggest oilfields.

No further details were immediately available.

It was not clear if there was any impact on output from the
world's largest oil producer and a close U.S. ally.

Most Saudi oil is exported from the Gulf via the huge
Abqaiq processing facility, which handles about two-thirds of
the country's output. The facilities at Abqaiq include
processing and pumping stations that send oil to major Saudi
export terminals.