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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].

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