A researcher at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Australia has warned of the potential security risks to offshore oil and natural gas drilling and production platforms.
CSU Centre for Customs and Excise Studies academic Dr Mikhail Kashubsky said: "While significant steps have already been taken nationally and internationally to enhance security arrangements for offshore oil and gas facilities, further efforts are required to improve the protection of these vital facilities.
"In recent years, varied groups such as Nigerian insurgents and environmental activists have unlawfully assaulted or interfered with offshore facilities.
"In response, companies and governments have become more aware of, and spent more on security for their energy infrastructure.”
Based on the changing global security environment, industry and governments will have to adapt their security policies and practices, and are required to continue working together to improve security arrangements for offshore installations continuously.
When research on this issue started in 2006, many countries expressed concern regarding securing offshore facilities.
In June, Dr Kashubsky's book ‘Offshore Oil and Gas Installations Security: An International Perspective’ was launched at an international oil and gas conference in Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea.
The book contains details to address terrorism and energy security. It also publishes data regarding attacks and security incidents involving oil and gas installations around the world dating back to 1975.
Image: Industry and governments are required to continue to work to improve security arrangements for offshore installations continuously. Photo: courtesy of Charles Sturt University.