Norway deploys national guard to protect several oil installations

As a part of additional security measures, the Norwegian national guard is tasked with helping police monitor multiple onshore oil and gas facilities.

Photo: Equinor

Norwegian police have requested that the national guard, Heimevernet, provide assistance protecting numerous onshore oil and gas installations, report several domestic media, including E24 and VG.

Both Norway and Denmark have reinforced security near infrastructure after last week’s leaks at four points on Baltic Sea gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2 – not to mention sightings of drones in both countries’ airspace.

Heimevernet files under the nation’s military and consists of 40,000 troops.

As previously reported by EnergyWatch, the country’s largest fossil fuel supplier, Equinor, has tightened security near all its facilities. The largest operator in Denmark, France’s TotalEnergies, has taken similar measures.

Thursday last week, the supermajor told Danish media Ekstra Bladet that company staff had spotted drones flying near the Halfdan B field in the Danish North Sea.

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