Friday, May 2, 2014

Oil Refinery Security From Scotland To Hawaii

Dealing every day, as we do, in perimeter intrusion detection and protection systems, allows us the opportunity of liaising with a very diverse range of customers and security needs. There is also another type of diversity that we encounter, that of geographical location.

We can find ourselves supplying a security solution to two clients within the same industry but in locations thousands of miles apart. This one factor in itself supports the fact that perimeter security is now well established as a global concern.

One of the biggest industries in the world that needs effective protection is the petroleum industry. As we all know, the world's need for oil and dependency upon it is significant to say the least, hence why oil refineries come into the category of what the British Government calls EKP sites. (Economic Key Points).

Oil refinery sites and the ancillary installations associated with them are incredibly important to protect. However, when we receive an enquiry from an oil company for perimeter security protection, the eventual destination for the installation of our products could be just about anywhere in the world. Our deterrent and detection systems have been installed at oil refinery and oil production sites as far apart as Scotland to Hawaii. That's a distance of some 6,926 miles!

Oil refinery security case example 1 - Scotland

In Scotland, the BP Forties UK oil pipeline has a series of pumping stations that bring oil in from the North Sea to the refinery at Grangemouth and they required remote monitoring from a central control. They contacted us with details of their requirements and we were awarded the contract to supply our electric fencing system alongside a specialized management system with PC based control.

Oil refinery security case example 2 - Hawaii

If you talk to most people about oil production you would probably find them surprised at the idea of Hawaii entering the context for discussion. Multinational energy corporation Chevron has oil production and refining facilities in Hawaii and we were approached for an effective detection system to be installed to protect 5 sites on the island.

As a side issue, one of the interesting points about the Hawaii contract was that the enquiry came from a word of mouth recommendation .... from a previous oil refinery client :)