ARAMCO-BAPCO OIL PIPELINE UNVEILED IN BAHRAIN
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain launched the recently- commissioned, crossborder AB-4 oil pipeline during an event held this November at Shaikh Isa Air Base and attended by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Minister of Defense, HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The 112km AB-4 has a capacity of more than 350,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and will replace a 73-year- old pipeline.
AB-4 originates at Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq Plant, and ends at the Bapco Refinery in Bahrain. Bapco and Aramco’s partnership has enhanced bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain since 1945. Its inauguration event at Shaikh Isa Air Base was held to celebrate more than 70 years of cooperation between both kingdoms.
Attendees at the event, in addition to the Saudi Crown Prince, included HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman AlKhalifa of Bahrain, and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, and First Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain.
During the ceremony, the Crown Prince of Bahrain praised “the historic relations between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and stressed the importance of the new oil pipeline project, identifying it as a major milestone in the existing bilateral relations between the two kingdoms”, BNA reported.
HM King Hamad of Bahrain noted that AB- 4’s launch is “a vital economic milestone” that will “form the nexus for further integrated projects between
the two kingdoms”, and said: “The inauguration of the new AB-4 oil pipeline project is just one of a number of joint initiatives that will undoubtedly benefit the people of both nations.”
Speaking at AB-4’s launch ceremony, Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, oil minister of Bahrain, added: “Today we witness the addition of a new, bright page to the historic relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, through the launch of a new oil pipeline between our two countries.
“The new oil pipeline launched between the two kingdoms, under Your Majesty’s leadership, is an important accomplishment and builds on our many achievements, most notably the recent large oil discovery in the Gulf of Bahrain, which you have entrusted the Higher Committee for Natural Resources and Economic Security to follow up on,” Bahrain’s top oil official added.
Bahrain-held Bapco is currently expanding its network as it seeks to support the kingdom’s vision for a “smart oil economy”. This includes the kingdom’s economic diversification into non- oil sectors, according to a report by BNA, Bahrain’s state news agency.
The AB-4 oil pipeline was of cially launched by top of cials from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain during an event at Shaikh Isa Air Base [image courtesy: Saudi Aramco].