Nuclear Power Plant Japan

Protecting a network of pipelines, tankers and power plants

Guaranteeing Energy Supplies

July 2012, Number 03.03

“Pipelines that carry much of the world’s oil and gas snake through the depths of the Black Sea, the frigid waters of the Russian Arctic and cross some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. The value of these pipelines, oil and gas installations, and nuclear power plants makes them attractive targets for hackers, pirates and extremists. An attack on critical energy infrastructure could have a substantial effect, not just on the health, safety and security of surrounding communities, but on the world economy. Protecting energy resources is particularly important as Europeans become more dependent on imported oil and gas and generate much of their electricity from nuclear energy. Energy infrastructure is uniquely border transparent, and cooperation to ensure European energy security is vital.

“A terrorist attack against a critical energy infrastructure may happen in one country, but it would have a disruptive impact on all countries and stakeholders along the energy supply chain,” Kazakh Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov warned at a February 2010 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe conference...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Guaranteeing Energy Supplies,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 3, 2012: 60-63.

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