Saudi Aramco and Bahrain’s Bapco this week announced the successful commissioning of a pipeline from Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing plant to Bahrain’s Sitra refinery, having begun pumping test volumes through the pipeline last week. The 350,000 b/d pipeline replaces an aging 230,000 b/d pipeline running from Dhahran to the refinery.

It will eventually enable Sitra to process up to 360,000 b/d of mainly Saudi and some Bahraini oil, after a modernization and expansion...