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Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection

In January 2013, the energy industry experienced one of the most deadly attacks in recent years, the assault to the Algerian Tiguentourine gas complex that left 40 hostages dead and interrupted the activities of the complex significantly. This incident evidenced the increasing threat and need to protect critical energy infrastructure from the threat of terrorism.

Il forum 2015 di Pipeline Security presenterà un caso studio sull'attacco letale dei militanti al gasdotto algerino. La presentazione sarà guidata da Ayhan Gücüyener, del Caspian Strategy Institute (HASEN). In anteprima alla sua presentazione al Forum, ha offerto alcuni spunti e analisi molto interessanti di questo incidente.

IRN: Could you tell us a little bit more about the Caspian Strategy Institute (HASEN) and its activities?

Ayhan Gücüyener: Caspian Strategy Institute (HASEN) è un think tank basato a Istanbul. La missione di HASEN è di produrre ricerche e dati autentici nella più ampia regione del Caspio in materia di energia, affari internazionali, logistica, sicurezza, economia, istruzione, cultura e ambiente. HASEN organizza incontri internazionali, pubblicazioni e iniziative educative, stimolando il dibattito scientifico e la ricerca. Il programma di protezione delle infrastrutture critiche dell'Istituto di strategia di Caspian mira a offrire una prospettiva alternativa sulla sicurezza energetica, che sta diventando sempre più una preoccupazione pressante nella regione del Caspio, compresa la Turchia. La missione del programma è quella di fornire informazioni accurate ai responsabili delle decisioni nei settori pubblico e privato, ospitando regolarmente attività di formazione, workshop, seminari e report di pubblicazione.

IRN: Why is this attack still such an important topic for oil and gas security practitioners?

Ayhan Gücüyener: The attack on the Algerian Tiguentourine gas complex, which occurred in January 2013, was one of the largest assaults that the energy industry has experienced in recent years. This attack caused an enormous humanitarian and economic loss: 40 innocent people from 10 countries lost their lives and the activities of the complex were significantly interrupted. Even though we will never know whether this attack could have been prevented or not, there remains a critical question that the energy industry should answer: ‘What can the industry learn from that attack to improve its security and emergency preparedness for the future? My analysis on the Tiguentourine gas complex attack will offer ‘lessons learned and best practices’ which energy industry professionals should absolutely take into consideration.

IRN: Cosa dovremmo considerare per anticipare una nuova "ondata" di potenziali attacchi alle infrastrutture di pipeline?

Ayhan Gücüyener: Scientific statistics show us that critical energy infrastructure has been an attractive target for terrorist groups and this connection between energy and terror is growing. The Energy Infrastructure Attack Database shows that, in the last decade, there were nearly 400 attacks per year carried by non-state actors, whereas that figure was less than 200 prior to 1999. In such context, we should consider a more comprehensive ‘security’ approach for energy industry. This picture shows that critical energy infrastructure protection is becoming a growing concern for the industry and international cooperation is now crucial. The Pipeline Security Forum will provide us with a unique platform to share our security concerns and best practices in order to protect these extremely vulnerable assets.

Speakers will also include senior representatives from: Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, TANAP, GE Oil & Gas, West African Gas Pipeline Company, ConocoPhillips, Petrochina, ABB, Joint Venture In Salah Gas , Pico International Petroleum, NEPAL Oil & Gas, GAIL, BP and Sonatrach, amongst others.

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