Photo Of Pipeline Fire And Map Of Awamiya Region

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And another update this time a video showing Awamiya, Eastern Saudi Arabia, where the oil fields can be seen from minute three onward.

Another update from Arab Digest:

A new photo of the pipeline under fire, from our Qatif correspondent:

Below is a map of oil fields in Saudi Arabia:

The Eastern region is where most of the oil fields are based. The events, if they continue, might force Saudi Arabia to lower its production expectations this year, thus affecting world supplies, and possible the world economy.

A quick review of the proximal refinery courtesy of Saudi Aramco

Ras Tanura Refinery

The most complex Saudi Aramco refinery is on the Arabian Gulf at Ras Tanura with a crude distillation capacity of 550,000 barrels per day (BPD). Ras Tanura Refinery also has a 305,000 BPD NGL processing facility, a 960,000 BPD crude stabilization facility, 145/158 MW (summer/winter) of combined steam and gas turbine electrical power generation plants, a combined 150 lb and 600 lb steam capacity of 6,217 Mlb/hr, and 75 crude oil and products storage tanks with a combined capacity of 5.8 million barrels.

Ras Tanura Refinery's major refining facilities include a 325,000 BPD Crude Distillation Unit, a 225,000 BPD Gas Condensate Distillation Unit, 50,000 BPD hydrocracker and a total of 107,000 BPD capacity of catalytic reforming. Ras Tanura Refinery is the only Saudi Aramco refinery that contains a Visbreaker (60,000 BPD). This refinery also produces 17,000 BPD of asphalt, more than any other refinery in the Kingdom. Crude is normally transferred to Ras Tanura through a pipeline and can also be supplied by ship. Most of Ras Tanura’s production is for domestic use and transferred to the Dhahran bulk plant, while some products are exported.

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Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:33 | 2214185 A Lunatic
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Well at least it's not Korans this time.......

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:34 | 2214201 ZeroPower
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And yet they'll still expect an apology from obaMao.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:35 | 2214227 macholatte
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PHOENIX – An investigative “Cold Case Posse” launched six months ago by “America’s toughest sheriff” – Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County – has concluded there is probable cause that the document released by the White House last year as President Obama’s birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:43 | 2214283 Manthong
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"The events, if they continue, might force Saudi Arabia to lower its production expectations "


Just get the the ISDA to declare them not to be events.. it will be like nothing ever happened.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:52 | 2214367 redpill
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Highly bullish.  I'm sure it was "speculators" that blew it up.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 17:01 | 2214413 Ying-Yang
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On a side note.....

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - Iran has made a rare purchase of U.S. wheat in an effort to build food stockpiles as the United States and Europe implement tough new sanctions to contain Tehran's nuclear ambitions. 

Put sanctions on Iran then sell them wheat... WTF?  Ayatollah just said put all 120,000 tons on my Chase card.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 20:44 | 2215231 Buck Johnson
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I know, just like the ISDA when everyone knows it was an event and people know that this bombing was a warning.  And if people think that Iran doesn't have Saudi Arabias major oil facilities targeted, they are sadly wrong.  Because I guarantee they have planned for this contingency.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:46 | 2214308 Conrad Murray
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Breitbart won't be the only person to have a sudden heart attack this month.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:55 | 2214386 AbruptlyKawaii
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dude ive seen u over the past year ur fast becoming a habit start a blog already, reggie is the man and he did it

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:47 | 2214323 Schmuck Raker
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Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:54 | 2214376 AbruptlyKawaii
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kinetic oil...woo hoo

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 17:00 | 2214409 drivenZ
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the story is ridicuolous and so are all the birthers. it defies logic. If it's a big liberal government conspiracy don't you'd think theyd have enough power and connections to just make him a new completley legit birth certificate with whatever they wanted on it instead of photoshopping or forging him a birth certificate? Also, last time i checked, where you're born has no bearing on anything. give it up sherriff.   

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 19:35 | 2215050 ElvisDog
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You need to go back and read the Constitution cowboy. Only people born inside the United States are eligible to become President. Naturalized citizens are not.

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 03:52 | 2216105 AnAnonymous
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So the Founding Fathers were born inside the US?

That is a piece of news.

Rewriting history in such blatant way is traditional sports for US citizens.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 22:39 | 2215510 Ceteris paribus
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Only slaves have birth certs , people born free do not have them because a birth cert is a contract between you and the Government , they own you and you get benifit entitlements.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 20:09 | 2215153 Heroic Couplet
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Half the United States, the Republican half, have yet to come up with anything that will stand up in a court of law, including Donald Trump and America's Toughest Sheriff.It's amazing to me that Greta van Sustern at Faux Noise has a law degree and somehow has never talked at length about the birth certificate.

How many Mexicans slipped over the border of Arizona while the "toughest sheriff" was eating donuts?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 18:07 | 2214713 yt75
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Lol, do you guys know that for instance first oil shock is due to US production peak in 1971 and not the so called "arab embargo" ? (a leaking joke that lasted around 3 months and was never effective from KSA to the US in particular)

Truth is that US diplomacy ant oil majors needed higher prices (to start Alaska, north Sea, GOM) and **PUSHED** OPEC towards price increase and quotas.

Too bad  James Akins died one or two years ago (key guy in that story)


Fri, 03/02/2012 - 04:01 | 2216115 AnAnonymous
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It triggered all.

I dont think the Arabs or anyone else needed counsel on that topic. They went to the conclusion by themselves.

What your story forgot to mention is that anyone who pointed to the finited nature of oil supply was smashed in the face by charts plotting the rate of discovery of new oil sites. Useless to conserve oil as every year, more oil was discovered than it was consumed.

The rate of discovery plummeted in the same years.

This is the combo of events that led to the reaction by the Arabs.

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 04:21 | 2216138 yt75
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No, I'm talking facts here.

And the fact is that James Akins indeed suggested $4 or $5 a barrel during an OPEC meeting in Algiers (he was US ambassador in Saudi Arabia at that time), and everybody "amazed".

James Akins is also the guy asked by Nixon to audit US production in 71.

There has been plenty of other "games", like "the oil glut" or counter oil shick in 85 being a deal between Reagan and the Saudis to put the last blow to USSR (and it worked, cutting their foreign currencies revenues by two third).

Americans always want to avoird these historical geopolitical facts, doesn't make them disappear.

As to discoery, the peak of oil discovery is around 1964, so even beflore, and all giants fields discovered even before, except for Cantarell.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 18:08 | 2214714 yt75
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Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:36 | 2214234 Gully Foyle
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Hedges look pretty green for A FUCKING DESERT!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:45 | 2214298 A L I E N
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lol, so bitter

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 19:51 | 2215101 A Nanny Moose
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I call bullshit. That's Bakersfield!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:40 | 2214261 Clueless Economist
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Well at least it's not Korans this time.......

And when was the last time the Koreans blew up a pipeline???


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:48 | 2214331 Q.E.easy
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I'm pretty sure his comment was in reference to the burning of Korans last week that sparked a whole mess of protest in Afganistan.


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:51 | 2214356 ziggy59
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I'm pretty sure his screename is perfect!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 19:12 | 2214996 General Decline
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Protest in Argentina? What does this have to do with New Mexico?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:55 | 2214371 Biggvs
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Ya ya and every time they talk about assisted suicide, they always gotta mention the "youth in asia". How come they always gotta bring race into the discussion? What did those kids ever do to them? (Hat tip: Ali G)

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 18:42 | 2214903 Dead Canary
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And what about all this talk about too much violins on TV. I like violin music.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:41 | 2214266 LongSoupLine
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"Now that's a fire!" - Eddie Murphy

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 20:02 | 2215134 A Nanny Moose
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Roll Charlie around...he be aight.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 21:14 | 2215325 fuu
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Gooney goo goo Gus.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:41 | 2214269 Evil Bugeyes
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A gentle warning from the Iranians?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 19:11 | 2214989 greensnacks
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Reality == Nothing to do with Iran. Just a few Saudi citizens, protesting, being destructive.

Media == Secret, Iranian military sabotage.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:33 | 2214195 Caviar Emptor
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It's ok! We'll light our own farts! 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:37 | 2214197 Colombian Gringo
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Iran strikes back! Take that USA.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:45 | 2214297 Gene Parmesan
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No kidding. How vulnerable are we - and how fragile is the world economy - when a single pipeline fire has the potential to knock the whole thing off the rails?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:33 | 2214200 YesWeKahn
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terrorist attack?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:34 | 2214207 Gools
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Flock of Black Oily Swans! BITCHEZ!


(Did I do it right? It's my first "Bitchez")

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:56 | 2214389 blu
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* golf clap *

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 17:45 | 2214692 Nobody For President
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Most ZHers seem to prefer a humpty-dumpty kind of bitchez:




Like that.

But whatever works...feel free = 

"Oily Black Swans" is terrific, and you can spell it however the fuck you want. I nominate it as the Meme of the Day...

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 19:47 | 2215094 JPM Hater001
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Great thing about ZH is any way you want to do it is ok as long as it doesnt fuck with my person way of doing it.

Ron Paul Bitchezzzz

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:34 | 2214211 alien-IQ
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ZH puts the MSM to absolute shame.

You fuckin guys rock!

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:48 | 2214336 Conrad Murray
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ZH deserves a money bomb. What's the date?

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 17:04 | 2214445 tekhneek
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ZH "Ides of March" Money Bomb: March 15, 2012 - Goal $10,000.

I'll throw in $20.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 19:51 | 2215102 JPM Hater001
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You know, I paid Schiff, Martenson, and Martha Stewart but I learn more here than anywhere else.

Just donated.

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:39 | 2214214 hedgeless_horseman
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It is a great day to buy or lease

a new Chevy Suburban!


15 Cty / 21 Hwy


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Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:40 | 2214258 bdc63
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lol - my neighbors JUST bought one ...

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 16:41 | 2214271 hedgeless_horseman
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Tape this on their window while they are sleeping...

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 19:55 | 2215114 JPM Hater001
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So production is going up!

Great News~!

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