Drones seen near offshore platforms, Norwegian regulator says

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has urged oil companies to be more vigilant after unidentified drones were seen flying near Norwegian offshore oil and gas platforms. The PSA warned on Monday September 26th that they could pose a risk of accidents or deliberate attacks.

Norway’s largest oil and gas firm, Equinor, recently said it had notified authorities of sightings of drones of unknown origin flying near some of its platforms.

The PSA said in a letter to operators that it recommended “increased vigilance, a review of emergency preparedness measures and incident response, and information sharing”.

Last week locally based newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported that unidentified drones had been observed at least at six Equinor installations, including at the giant oilfield Johan Sverdrup.

Equinor has reported the incidents to the Norwegian authorities, including the PSA and police.