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2008-06-16 06:00:33

Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Saudi Arabia's national oil company, Saudi Aramco, and the French energy company Total S.A. (NYSE:TOT) (Paris) have confirmed their investment in a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The $10 billion refinery will process heavy crude oil from Saudi Arabia into high-quality oil products that meet stricter environmental standards. The refinery is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. For details, view...

2008-03-24 09:00:25

Oil major Saudi Aramco's Sea Island No-4 offshore crude oil loading facility is back in service after the completion of three capital improvement projects and a scheduled test and inspection. Saudi Aramco noted that Sea Island No-4 is capable of berthing and loading the world's largest oil tankers. The capital improvements include a new system to automate the monitoring and control of loading. It will also reportedly improve efficiency, minimize contamination and measurement discrepancies....

2007-11-18 21:00:19

By SEBASTIAN ABBOT RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - An accidental explosion and fire on a natural gas pipeline in eastern Saudi Arabia on Sunday killed 28 people and left 12 missing, Saudi officials said. An unspecified number were wounded in the blaze, which did not disrupt gas supplies, Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi told reporters during a summit of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Riyadh. National oil company Saudi Aramco said the fire broke out just after midnight while...

2006-04-18 13:13:42

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it had arrested five militants linked to a failed al Qaeda attack on a major oil facility in February, and seized 1.5 tonnes of explosives. An Interior Ministry statement said the five were linked to the foiled attack on Abqaiq, the world's biggest oil processing plant, in which two militants were killed. Saudi had earlier arrested other militants linked to the incident. State television aired a video seized by police showing militants...

2006-04-01 08:57:56

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has foiled about 90 percent of attacks militants had planned to carry out in the world's largest oil exporting country, a top official said in remarks published on Saturday. "This is thanks to God and to detailed security efforts and continuous tracking of terrorist cells," Interior Minister Prince Nayef told the pan-Arab Al Hayat newspaper. Nayef declined to say when he expected Saudi forces to end militant attacks in the country, which announced this...

2006-04-01 05:42:06

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has foiled about 90 percent of attacks militants had planned to carry out in the world's largest oil exporting kingdom, a top official said on Saturday. "This is thanks to God and to detailed security effort and continuous tracking of terrorist cells," Interior Minister Prince Nayef told pan-Arab Al Hayat newspaper. Nayef declined to say when he expected Saudi forces to end militant attacks in the country, which announced this week the arrest of 40...

2006-03-29 07:59:58

(Recasts, adds details, background RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had arrested 40 suspected militants, including eight who were linked to al Qaeda's attack on the world's largest oil processing plant last month. Security forces also seized a cache of explosives and firearms in simultaneous raids in several parts of the kingdom, an interior ministry spokesman said. There has been a spate of attacks in Saudi Arabia and last month the authorities foiled an al...

2006-03-02 06:00:22

By Ghaida Ghantous DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda has advised followers to attack pipelines in Saudi Arabia and Iraq but to steer clear of oil wells because they are the lifeline of Muslim states, according to a two-year-old document recently posted on the Web. The guidelines in al Qaeda's war against "crusaders" and U.S.-allied governments were laid out in a manifesto written by Abdulaziz al-Enezi, arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2005 and described by the Saudis as a prominent ideologue of...

2006-02-28 20:06:32

By Andrew Hammond QATIF, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - For Shi'ites living on Saudi Arabia's east coast, freedom is an invisible line in the sand. "Over there it's Dammam and if you hold a Shi'ite gathering you are arrested straight away. In Qatif here, you can do what you want," said Hussein as he drove along the road that separates the two municipalities in the Eastern Province. Saudi Arabia's minority Shi'ites, long viewed as heretics by authorities, are slowly testing government...


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  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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