Helge Lund, CEO of Statoil. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix
Statoil, Norway's biggest energy company, has 'increased' security after this week's terror warning announcement, said the firm's CEO on Friday.
Helge Lund, Statoil's CEO, said to NTB that: “The security level of Statoil has increased as a consequence of the terror threat.”
“We are following the situation very closely. We have close contact with Norwegian authorities and are taking the measures we think are necessary, based on their threat evaluations.”
One-and-a-half year ago the company was struck by the worst terror action that has ever been directed towards a Norwegian company, when terrorists attacked the gas facility Tigantourine in In Aménas in Algeria. Five Norwegian Statoil employees were killed during the four days the hostage drama lasted.
Lund did not want to give details on which measures are being taken. He said: “After the incident in In Aménas we have built up a strong security program that applies to all parts of the company. I guess the In Aménas incident made us more attentive to this kind of problem.”
“As part of the case, we don’t want to talk specifically about the measures taken.”
“Terrorism can occur anywhere. We work continously on security. Even in Norway we are not protected from this and we have to do whatever we can to reduce the risks.”