Since it was founded in 1975, Perenco has diversified to become the leading independent oil and gas company in Europe, with an onshore and offshore presence in 14 countries.
In the North Sea, Perenco is a major operator, processing almost 15% of the UK national gas production. Its infrastructure comprises 45 offshore platforms, 14 subsea wells and a network of more than 2,400km of pipelines connected to its two onshore terminals at Bacton and Dimlington, where the gas is processed and exported.
Since 1988, Dardan has established a successful working partnership with Perenco for the provision of its security services at Bacton – a high security CNI site. In 2015 Dardan took over the contract at the Dimlington Terminal, providing an almost identical security provision.
It is crucial that both Bacton and Dimlington terminals have a provider that is able to work together with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Police in protecting these sites, acting as the first point of contact for all visitors.
High security sites such as these, necessitate a comprehensive and all-encompassing approach to security.
Perenco needs a security provider that delivers to the complex and very specific needs of each site. These requirements include, not only the safeguarding of physical and human assets, but a level of experience and knowledge to enable a constructive contribution to contingency exercises with other stakeholders, in addition to the delivery of security awareness courses in conjunction with local Police forces and the MOD Police.
Dardan provides manned guarding services at both the Bacton and Dimlington terminals, as well as Perenco’s main office premises and warehouse facilities.
The security provision at the gas terminals includes control of access and egress, searching baggage, vehicles and mail screening, internal patrols, implementation of new car park barriers and emergency lighting and acting as the first point of contact for all visitors to site, providing site inductions for staff and contractors and issuing of ID cards.
Perenco’s Norwich base is a four storey office complex with surrounding grounds and car park. Dardan provides overnight and 24/7 weekend security cover. The Officer is reception-based with responsibility for access and egress control, checking of staff and visitor ID, control and issue of keys, operation of switchboard, CCTV monitoring and undertaking random internal and external patrols of the premises.
Dardan also manages Perenco’s courier service by providing a dedicated officer and vehicle for multiple collection and delivery of freight, parcels and post for the offshore sector comprising 30+ designated locations.
Drug dog detection and breathalyser services are also provided on an ad-hoc basis at Perenco sites and during pre-flight check-in at airport and heliport terminals for Perenco personnel travelling offshore.
Dardan has established a long-standing and effective relationship with Perenco, with continued development of the nature and scale of service it supplies.
In the early days, Dardan provided manned guarding for just the Bacton terminal; it is now a provider appointed to advise, respond and deliver on any security matter at the Bacton and Dimlington gas terminals, Perenco’s head office and the heliport passenger handling facility at Norwich Airport.
The security requirements for each site are considered and addressed in their entirety, communicating with other professionals to ensure a comprehensive approach. Dardan’s Head of Specialist Services is an integral part of the Bacton Security Forum which includes the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) colleagues among other groups and key stakeholders.
Dardan are also part of a working group to drive continuous improvement through personnel and by supporting the enhancement of physical security measures in line with CPNI requirements.
The gas terminals have very unique yet explicit security needs, and Dardan has focused on this with the creation of a number of bespoke search policies. This includes a Terminal Search Policy comprising procedures on mail screening, vehicle search, facility search and baggage search.
Industry knowledge and insight has enabled Dardan to provide expert advice and support, including the development and delivery of a series of customised training modules, consisting of an Energy Sector Security Awareness course, Introduction to Security Awareness (an overview of threat, vulnerability and risk to critical infrastructure), and Recognition of Explosives.
Work has been completed by Dardan’s own Head of Specialist Services, to conduct a full Counter Terrorism review of both the heliport operations used by Perenco and also the warehouse facilities.
A number of recommendations have been undertaken, many of which are designed to increase efficiency, enhance security and, where possible, reduce costs.
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