Riyadh, August 7 - Neftegaz.RU. In a statement, the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. announced oil was moving again through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.
The company will continue to monitor the situation and remain ready to take necessary actions in efforts to constantly ensure the safety and reliability of supply to its customers through its wide network which has the flexibility to export oil through multiple ports, the announcement read.
According to the U.S. EIA, the narrow waterway connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden is the 3rd busiest oil transit route behind the Straits of Hormuz near Iran and the Strait of Malacca near Malaysia, respectively.
Bab-el-Mandeb is an at-risk route in the region because of its narrow shipping channel and position near a volatile Yemen. Because of the increase in oil exports from regional members of the OPEC to Europe, trade through the waterway has been on the rise.
The July attacks targeted 2 tankers operated by Saudi Arabia designed to carry two million barrels of oil each. No injuries are spills were reported.
Author: Daniel J. Graeber