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Friday, May 13, 1977.

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

Friday, May 13, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

Arabian oil fire under control

BOB BAGERIS Presents
AN EVENING WITH

DHARAN, Saudi Arabia (AP)
- A mysterious explosion and
pipeline fire in the heart of the
world's greatest :oil producing
area was brought tinder control
yesterday before it could crip-
ple Saudi Arabia's oil produc-
tionand export facilities, oil
company officials said.
Though contained, the fire
was still reported burning yes-
terday at the Abqaiq oil field in
the desert about 35 miles from
this oil center on the Persian
Gulf.
THE ARABIAN American
Oil Co. (Aramco) which oper-
ates the field and must Saudi
oil production, said one em-
ploye was killed and 13 others
were hospitalized with burns
and other injuries. A U.S. Em-
bassy official said the dead man
was a Saudi foreman and that
no Americans were believed to
be among the injured.
The cause of the explosion
was not immediately determ-
ined. American diplomats in
Saudi Arabia said the possibili-
ty of sabotage was being in-
vestigated, and a source on
Capitol Hill in Washington said
he understood Palestinian ter-
rorists had set off the giant
blaze with satchel explosives to
protest the possibility of a ne-
gotiated settlement between Is-
rael and the Arabs.
But Frank Jungers, the

American president of Aram-
co, said of the sabotage pos-
sibility: "Absolutely not. It
was a pipeline failure. It defi-
nitely .was not that.'
THIS DESERT KINGDOM is
one of the most conservative
regimes among Arab nations.
The explosion and fire rup-
tured a major pipeline and forc-
ed the shutdown of the Abqaiq
oil field, which produces about
800,000 barrels of oil a day.
In Japan, which is heavily
dependent on Saudi oil imports,
news of the fire led to near-
panic buying on the Tokyo fore-
ign currency and stock ex-
changes.
BUT ARAMCO officials play-
ed down the possible impact
of the fire on the world oil mar-
ket.
Exports will decline tempor-
arily, "but it's not a major les-
sening of production," Jungers

said in an interview with a re-
porter who contacted him here
by telephone from Washington.
There were varying reports
on how much of the Saudi oil
production was affected.
OIL INDUSTRY sources here
and in Nicosia, Cyprus, said the
affected pipeline has a capa-
city of five million barrels
daily, almost two-thirds of all
Sandi production. But Jungers
said there was "not that kind
of loss at all."
Aramco officials said they ex-
pected to meet the company's
monthly production schedule
despite the fire..
The explosion occurred at a
section of pipeline between two
ptumping stations. Aramco of-
ficials said. When the line rup-
tured it sprayed oil over a near-
by processing area, causing a
fire to erupt and spread rapid-
ly," according to an Aramco
statement.

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