Norway to strengthen security at oil, gas installations



OSLO, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Norway will strengthen security at its oil and gas installations in the wake of gas leaks in the Baltic Sea and reports of drone activities in the North Sea, the Nordic country's energy minister said on Tuesday.

Europe was investigating major leaks in two Russian pipelines that spewed gas into the Baltic Sea on Tuesday as Sweden launched a preliminary probe into possible sabotage to infrastructure at the centre of an energy standoff.

"Based on the information we have seen so far, much indicates acts of sabotage," Norwegian Oil and Energy Minister Terje Aasland said in the a statement.

The government had consulted with the armed forces and operators of oil and gas installations, both on land and offshore, it said.

On Monday, Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority had urged greater vigilance over unidentified drones seen flying near Norwegian offshore oil and gas platforms, warning they could pose a risk of accidents or deliberate attacks.
Reporting by Nora Buli, writing by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Essi Lehto and Terje Solsvik

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