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Securing the oil supply chain

Inadequate security measures can cause catastrophes to human safety and significant soil and ground water contamination.

Security has always been and continues to be a priority across the petroleum industry from the field to the gas station. Huge operations are run daily and they must be carried out without interference despite the circumstances. Accidents in delivering and unloading a wrong fuel type to a gas station can cause devastation for businesses, ruin reputations and cause significant revenue losses.

Accidents caused by human error can be minimised by following security procedures. Choosing a locking system, which ensures key management and usage monitoring, plays a huge role in overall security. Controlling access into, within and out of a facility or critical asset area helps to prevent criminal acts.


As exploration and drilling activities move into increasingly remote and hostile locations, the need for continuous security increases. Personnel access must be tightly controlled to ensure safety while also allowing freedom of movement for both company personnel and appropriate subcontractors within authorised areas.


Refineries may be a target of terrorism or sabotage and therefore sites must be extremely secure while allowing effective daily operations and maintenance. It is important to prevent any unauthorised access.


Getting oil from the field (well) to the refinery and from there to the service station requires a complex transportation and storage system. The potential of sabotage for trucks and storages is also high. Therefore vehicles and storages must be protected against any sort of attack in order to avoid damage or disruption to the supply chain. Protecting the cargo and the equipment are of great importance.


At the service stations usage of dispensers must be controlled and secured properly. The consequences of inadequate security measures can be injuries to public or to workers, significant financial losses, severe environmental damage and an interruption to business.

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