We use risk-based strategies to ensure pipelines' safety, integrity and longevity. However, with incidents like the Nord Stream and Baltic Connector pipelines, we are reminded that sabotage is a real and present threat without a clear identity or method of operation, making it notoriously difficult to assess.
Our Subsea & Pipelines Team shared with Energy Voice insights on some actions that pipeline operators can take to safeguard subsea pipelines from sabotage and threats.
The security of subsea pipelines shot to prominence following sabotage of the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 pipelines on 26 September 2022, and returned to the news with the suspected sabotage of the BalticConnector pipeline on 8th October 2023. Once thought improbable, the possibility of sabotage is now part of the industry scene, one that demands immediate safeguards for these underwater highways. Not just pipelines, but power and telecom cables below the ocean surface too, constitute a vital part of our global infrastructure.
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