Issue of terrorism addressed at DOT

With terrorism at the forefront of people's minds, one company is proposing a way that offshore facilities can protect themselves.

Tracy Dulle, Technology Editor,
Surface Systems & Vessels

HOUSTON -- With terrorism at the forefront of people's minds, one company is proposing a way that offshore facilities can protect themselves.

"The offshore industry must take the measure to protect itself from this very real threat of terrorism," said Jamil Hussami with SeaAway, a company that has developed theSea Sentinel to combat such threats.

Hussami was speaking at the 20th Deep Offshore Technology conference and exhibition in Houston today.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded that a terrorist attack would disrupt supply chain for a sustained period, Hussami said. The GAO has made recommendations to Department of Homeland Security.

"The Department of Homeland Security is taking the report under advisement, but no action plan was concluded," Hussami said, reiterating that offshore companies need to find ways to physically protect their rigs, workers and fields themselves.

Hussami said in the Gulf of Mexico alone, there are currently 133 rigs operating. The value to replace the GoM fleet in capital equipment dollars, would be over $25.5 billion.

"How do we begin to grapple with the enormity of this threat?" Hussami said.

SeaAway's Sea Sentinel System is designed to prevent disasters. EachSea Sentinel could be a platform or fixed rig and has three decks, stationed throughout the offshore regions, beginning in the Gulf of Mexico. They can be used as an evacuation rig, a hospital or could house a counter terrorism force.

And the cost, an audience member asked? Between $70-100 million, depending on the type of rig and what it will be used for.

02/13/2008

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