North Sea oil drone threat prophesied in the Middle East
North Sea waters have been considered one of the world’s most secure offshore basins for producing crude until now. Equinor, Total Energies and ConocoPhillips have all raised the security level around their facilities in the region after drones were seen near platforms.
The recent history of drone attacks on Middle East oil facilities offers a foreboding precedent for the effectiveness of these military devices in targeting energy infrastructure, and international oil majors in Norway and the UK would be foolish to ignore the threat.
According to research in the Energy Security Sentinel produced by S&P Global Commodity Insights, 75% of the 23 recorded drone attacks over the last five years on Middle East oil and gas facilities in the Gulf using aerial drones hit their target. The data, which analyzes 88 major incidents in total over the period, suggests drones were harder for air defense systems to intercept than conventional missiles.
Compared with drone attacks, missiles have…