Norway To Deploy Military To Protect Its Oil and Gas Installations
Gas leaks as a result of suspected sabotage discovered on the Nord Stream pipelines have roiled energy markets and heightened security concerns.
Norway will deploy its military to protect its oil and gas installations against possible sabotage after several countries said two Russian pipelines to Europe spewing gas into the Baltic had been attacked, the prime minister said on 28 September.
Gas leaks as a result of suspected sabotage discovered on the Nord Stream pipelines on 27 September have roiled energy markets and heightened security concerns.
Norway is now Europe's largest gas supplier and a leading global oil supplier. It has more than 90 offshore oil and gas fields, most of which are connected to a network of gas pipelines stretching some 9,000 km.
"The military will be more visible at Norwegian oil and gas installations," Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told a news conference.
Any attack would be "handled jointly with our allies," he said. Norway is a NATO member.
At sea, the Navy would be deployed to protect offshore installations while, on land, police could increase presence at facilities, he said.
NATO and the European Union have stressed the need to protect critical infrastructure and warned of a "robust and united response" should there be more attacks.