Energy


  • Government warns critical industry firms to prepare for cyberattacks

    January 28, 2018

    Organisations are facing fines of up to £17m if they have ineffective cybersecurity measures in place to protect against hackers. Organisations involved in critical industry and essential services have been warned by the Government that they face £17m fines if their cybersecurity preparations are not up to standard. Energy, transport, water, health and digital infrastructure firms could ...

  • How Sanchi’s spill could spread

    January 26, 2018

    The worst tanker oil spill in decades is unfolding across hundreds of miles of the East China Sea after an Iranian oil tanker carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic oil collided with a freighter and exploded, killing all 32 crew onboard. The ship burned, spewing its cargo, for more than a week before sinking ...

  • Trisis has the security world spooked, stumped and searching for answers

    January 18, 2018

    More than four months have passed since a novel, highly sophisticated piece of malware forced an important oil and gas facility in the Middle East to suddenly shut down, but cybersecurity analysts still don’t know who wrote the code. Since last August, multiple teams of researchers in the public and private sectors have been examining what the ...

  • Huge oil spill left after burning tanker sinks off China

    January 15, 2018

    Chinese ships are racing to clean up a giant oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank in the East China Sea. The 120 sq km (46 sq mile) oil slick is thought to be made up of heavy fuel that was used to power the vessel. The Sanchi oil tanker sank on Sunday and officials say all ...

  • Pumping On Colombia’s Transandino Pipeline Halted After Bomb Attack

    January 15, 2018

    Pumping on Colombia’s southern Transandino pipeline was halted on Sunday after a bomb attack by the ELN rebels spilled crude into a river, state-run oil company Ecopetrol and the military said. The National Liberation Army (ELN) is in the midst of a renewed offensive against the military and oil infrastructure, after the end of a months-long ...

  • Cybersecurity for Upstream Operations

    January 3, 2018

    Optimizing the design, function, and benefits of the logical cyber-representation of physical asset environments, whether for wells being drilled or produced, pipelines, or treatment facilities, is an evolving trend for the oil and gas industry to gain operational efficiency. The analysis described shows that operational efficiency and cybersecurity compromise is essential for business success when ...

  • Terrorist Attack on Libya Pipeline

    December 26, 2017

    Officials from the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that the attack against the Maradah pipeline was an act of terrorism. “Eyewitnesses saw two Toyota trucks near the scene of the blast prior to the explosion which we believe were there to plant explosives,” statement from the Media Office of LNA’s Marada Battalion has said. We broke the ...

  • The Oil And Gas Industry Is Under Attack

    December 14, 2017

    Almost two-thirds of oil and gas companies have recently had a serious cybersecurity incident, and only a small minority of them felt confident that their defense capabilities match the threats, a new survey from EY has revealed. The survey, which involved 40 respondents from the oil and gas industry, found that 60 percent had recently had a ...

  • At least one killed and 18 injured in explosion at Austrian gas plant

    December 12, 2017

    Authorities say that an explosion at a natural gas facility near Austria’s border with Slovakia has left one person dead. The Austria Press Agency reported that Red Cross official Sonja Keller said a further 18 people were injured. There was no immediate word on what caused the blast Tuesday at the plant in Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, ...

  • Tests reveal crack in key component of Chinese nuclear power plant, 130km west of Hong Kong

    December 12, 2017

    A component of Taishan nuclear power plant – which sits 130km west of Hong Kong – cracked during performance tests amid safety concerns about further delays, FactWire has learnt from multiple reliable sources. State-owned China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) entered a joint venture with French utility Électricité de France (EDF) and began building the plant ...

  • A cybersecurity checklist for industrial, mining or oil and gas systems

    November 26, 2017

    Mining and oil and gas companies not only face threats from cybercriminals hoping to gain financially but may also be targeted by “hacktivists” who want to make a political or environmental point, says Yogen Appalraju, EY Canada’s cybersecurity leader. He said companies can ward off such attacks but the checklist they must follow is long and ...

  • Royal Navy deployed to 500lb German WWII bomb near major gas pipeline in the North Sea

    November 17, 2017

    A 500lb wartime bomb has been destroyed after being dropped “dangerously close” to a major gas pipeline by a fishing boat that had dredged it up from the seabed. The explosive, dropped by German bombers during the Second World War, was hauled out of the water by a Dutch trawlerman after it got caught in his ...

  • Russian hackers ‘targeting UK energy and telecoms sector’

    November 15, 2017

    Russia has attempted to attack the UK’s media, telecommunications and energy sectors, an intelligence chief has said. Ciaran Martin, the chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, said the UK is facing “two significant groups of threats in cyberspace”: hostile states and rampant criminality. “The Prime Minister sent Russia a clear message ...

  • Bahrain pipeline re-opens after ‘vandalism’: Aramco

    November 13, 2017

    Saudi oil giant Aramco on Monday said it had resumed operations at its Bahrain pipeline, days after it was shut down over a fire which Manama called a “terrorist” act. “Operations in the pipeline between the Dhahran pumping station and the Bapco refinery, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, have resumed,” the official Saudi SPA news agency ...

  • Call to Arms on Cybersecurity for Industrial Control

    November 3, 2017

    Since last spring, U.S. Department of Homeland Security warnings to manufacturers and infrastructure owners about industrial control systems’ vulnerabilities to cyberattack have grown increasingly dire. In October, those warnings were recast as stark realities when DHS and the FBI issued a joint technical alert confirming ICS cyberattacks against manufacturers as well as energy, nuclear, and water utilities. ...

  • More must be done to protect America’s nuclear power plants from cyberattacks

    October 31, 2017

    In testimony this month before the congressional Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, Patricia Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, outlined some of the measures government agencies are taking to protect our energy infrastructure from “significant cyber incidents.” The programs she outlined — information sharing, research and development, ...

  • FERC proposes new cyber controls for power grid

    October 19, 2017

    The federal entity responsible for regulating the energy sector on Thursday proposed new rules to enhance the cybersecurity of the U.S. electric grid, including those aimed at addressing risks posed by malware. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) outlined new proposed security management controls for operators of electric grid systems aimed at enhancing “the reliability and resilience of ...

  • Fuel security and power generation in the United States: Kemp

    October 17, 2017

    “The resiliency of the nation’s electric grid is threatened by the premature retirements of power plants that can withstand major fuel supply disruptions caused by natural or man-made disasters,” the U.S. Department of Energy warned last week. Fuel security is the crux of the argument made by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in proposing a new ...

  • Armed faction takes over protection of Libya’s oil and gas complex

    October 8, 2017

    An armed alliance involved in a three-week battle over the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha said on Saturday it had taken over protection of the Mellitah oil and gas terminal after expelling a rival group. An organisation called the Operations Room and its allies have been fighting the Anas al-Dabbashi brigade, a major facilitator of migrant ...

  • Gas Station Explosion in Ghana Kills at Least 7 and Injures Over 100

    October 7, 2017

    An explosion at a gas station in Ghana’s capital killed at least seven people and injured more than 130 others on Saturday, government officials and news reports said. Videos on social media showed giant balls of flames that set the night sky aglow. According to one witness, Susan Ebetaleye, 22, a student at the University of Ghana, ...