Port of Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia


The export terminals at Ras Tanura on the Persian Gulf are among the largest in the world.   Designed to export crude oil and LPG, the facilities include two piers and one sea island with a total of eighteen berths, which can accommodate ships of up to 550,000 deadweight tons (dwt).   The facilities also included a tank farm with total storage capacity of 33 million barrels.

The Saudi oil infrastructure is the largest in the world.   The major Saudi export terminals are at Ras Tanura and Juaymah, while the Petroline pipeline carries oil from the Abqaiq and Ghawar fields to Yanbu port on the Red Sea.   The ports are Saudi Arabia's oil export Achilles heel; furthermore, while the kingdom has around eighty oil and gas fields, more than half of the country's reserves are concentrated in only eight fields, while the huge processing complex at Abqaiq handles about two-thirds of the country's oil output.   This gigantism produces an economy of scale, but the concentration makes it highly susceptible to terrorist attack.

Gulf Agency - Ras Tanura
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