Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has said it had received warnings of sightings of drones of unknown origin flying near some North Sea oil rigs.
It noted: “The PSA has received a number of warnings/notifications from operator companies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) concerning the observation of unidentified drones/aircraft close to offshore facilities.”
The authority has urged operators and vessel owners on the NCS to show “increased vigilance”.
In a statement released on behalf of the EU, the EU Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell said: “All available information indicates those leaks are the result of a deliberate act.
“Any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and will be met with a robust and united response.”
Responding to various reports suggesting a “sabotage” behind the gas leaks in the major gas pipeline, Norway’s Energy Minister Terje Aasland said: “The government has decided to put measures in place to increase security at infrastructure sites, land terminals and platforms on the NCS.”