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Posted on December 2nd, 2021 - Posted in HSE | Oil and Gas | Reporting | Safety

The Importance of Securing Site Assets


importance of securing site assets

Jodi Rell, who served as the 87th governor of Connecticut, said, “At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.” How very true. Yet while the goals may be simple, the means to achieve them can be complex and costly.

The oil and gas industries require multiple insurances: general liability, environmental liability, property insurance, healthcare insurance, and disability insurance. You can insure anything. Commercial property insurance will help you mitigate the costs of repair or replacement of structures, equipment, and physical property from theft, vandalism, and fire. It can be costly, but it’s not optional.

Sabotage leaves thousands in the cold

Take the sabotage case of Aspen’s Black Hills Energy. On December 26, 2020. Despite chains and locks, valves in three separate sites were turned to depressurize the gas flow, leaving many residences without heat or hot water.

The solution? Technicians from Black Hills and at least four other energy companies had to drive, in the Aspen snow, to manually turn off roughly 3,500 residential gas meters to secure and test the system. Later, they had to return to all those homes to relight pilot lights. Approximately 40 to 60% of the residences had someone at home during the technicians’ first attempt to restore energy. The city of Denver provided 4,000 space heaters for distribution, which required pre-emptive measures to be taken to prepare for the extra draw on the electrical grid that the heaters would create.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the incident, “Earth First!,” the name of a radical environmental organization, was written on one of the pipelines. The total cost to resolve the incident is estimated to be approximately $1.4 million. Fortunately, no one was injured.


BH Energy Aspen outage area

Source: Black Hills Energy

Likewise, damage — intentional or otherwise — to offshore production sites, will also have far-reaching effects well beyond the rig site. An incident at an offshore facility could cause extensive environmental damage that has a devastating impact on the economies of coastal areas, as well as tragic ramifications for the environment and its natural inhabitants.


Where do the vulnerabilities lie?

According to the National Petroleum Council (NPC), of a dozen physical infrastructure components of the oil industry, the three with a “High” level of vulnerability to intentional damage or disruption were: refineries, product pipeline interconnects, and product distribution (rail, truck, and barge). The two that were characterized as having a “Low” level of vulnerability were: the strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) and crude oil pipelines. However, the NPC considered the impact on supply, economy, and safety to be “High” for 10 of the 12 components.

As for the gas industry, the only one of nine physical infrastructure components rated to have a “High” level of vulnerability was: city gate (LCD) interconnections. Gas processing plants and gas compressor stations were rated to have “Medium” vulnerability. The NPC also considered the impact on supply, economy, and safety to be “High” for seven of the nine industry components.


WSR incident reporting

Ways to ensure asset security

In the event of a site incident, SMS text messages can be sent directly from the Wellsite Report website to the mobile devices of any number of personnel — at any time, 24/7. Whether it’s a quick update, an alert, a report, or other information — even an image or PDF attachment, your message can be sent immediately from the field.

From a proactive standpoint, project/site managers can use Wellsite software to manage the installation and maintenance of barriers that protect compressor stations, main load valves, right-of-way easements, meter and regulation stations, substations, water impoundments, and well pads. The software can also be used to schedule and track the delivery, storage, and deployment of chain-link, electrified, or non-conductive vinyl temporary or security fencing.



Inland or offshore, Wellsite Report can help keep your site well-protected.



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