Friday, October 24, 2014

British Security For Petroleum Industry Leaders

Petrochemical plants are often in the news and for a variety of reasons. More often than not, the news is about proposed expansion of or improvements to existing sites.

There is of course a long, ongoing  debate about the pros and cons of using fossil fuels (petroleum, coal and gas), especially the related environmental issues, yet there is no denying that until other resources are available at a level that meets the world's demand for fuel and power, fossil fuel usage will have to be maintained.

So it is that fossil fuel exploration and refining companies such as British Petroleum remain amongst the most successful in the world. No less than 6 out of the world's top 7 largest companies work within the oil and gas industry. Splitting them up at number 4 is Wall-Mart! BP is listed number 6 and is the top British company. Click here to read the full list (64 in all).

BP also figures in our list of British clients and, knowing how vital it is to have effective petrochemical plant security we felt particularly privileged (being British ourselves) to be selected to provide a bespoke security system to help protect the Forties UK pipeline coming from the North Sea to the BP Grangemouth refinery.

Key components of the system are electric fence sensors and a remote monitoring facility located in a single, central control point so that the security implemented at 4 separate oil pumping stations that feed the pipeline can be closely monitored.

For as long as fossil fuels such as petroleum, coal and gas have to be used (and it's believed that at current consumption rates the reserves will be available for another 40-50 years), it is worth remembering the advantages they offer which this web page goes into more detail on.

Here are some in summary:
  • stability of composition compared to nuclear energy
  • relatively easy storage and transportation
  • high calorific value in terms of energy produced
For anyone interested in the development of renewable energy sources, here is another very interesting page which looks at both advantages and disadvantages. We may come back to that subject another time!

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