What We Should Know About Security in the Oil and Gas Industry
Oil and gas is a primary industry supporting the global economy as oil and gas remain the primary energy sources for industrialized and developing economies.
Unsurprisingly, the oil and gas industry is one of the most attractive targets for growing global terrorism and maritime piracy. While the threat of terrorism and sabotage attacks are across the oil and gas industry’s supply chain – from oil wells, transportation to refineries, the danger of piracy primarily concerns the oil tanker industry.
Attacks similar to the maritime piracy of the Somali pirates might affect a single oil tanker and result in increased costs for oil transportation, resulting in higher-end prices for consumers. Any major terrorist attack or act of sabotage on production facilities like oil rigs, offshore platforms, and refineries will result in loss or complete stoppage production, which might take months to restart.
The entire supply chain from oil wells and offshore platforms to pipelines, tankers, and refineries can be affected by the following security threats:
Offshore Industry needs a sophisticated approach for security, such as:
Threat & Risk Analysis
Field operations require risk assessment and the development of practical security measurements to mitigate risks. This process involves the identification of potential risks, the establishment of boundaries, evaluation of consequences, and generation of prevention and business recovery plans.
Another critical factor is the geographical one, as attacks on oil and gas installations occur in many countries. Still, oil companies face different security risks depending on the region they operate in.
Oil companies that operate in high-security risk areas such as conflict zones and those that work in economically and politically unstable countries are always at a higher risk of attack.
Therefore, geography and other enabling factors, such as the armed conflict in the area, play an essential role in identifying, qualifying, and quantifying potential risks to offshore oil and gas installations.
Threat & Risk analysis helps security consultants to build proper-layered security levels to form a quick reaction force for any potential threat.
24/7 Monitoring & Control Centre
There is a growing trend towards remote Control Centers because data security is as important as physical security that requires continuous monitoring and constant remote observation for your strategic offshore resources.
24/7 observation, panoramic scanning, and automatic intruder detection systems are optimal for any distance range (long, medium, and short) within the Oil Rig area for continuous monitoring of unfamiliar objects and detecting suspicious motions.
In the event of an intrusion, security forces will be automatically alerted to quickly respond to the threat while it is still at a safe distance. It is wholly integrated into a Security Control Centre, either onshore or at an offshore installation.
Personnel access to sensitive zones on the rigs must be tightly controlled to ensure safety while also allowing freedom of movement for both company personnel and appropriate subcontractors within authorized areas. Therefore it requires constant remote observation for your strategic offshore unit 24/7/365.