April 1, 2016

TSG IntelBrief: Confronting the Terror Threat to Oil and Gas

• On March 18, militants from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb launched a rocket attack on the Krechba gas plant near the remote central Algerian town of In Salah

• While the attack caused no casualties or damage, it did cause British Petroleum and Norway’s Statoil to temporarily remove their staff from several plants in the region

• Oil and gas installations are appealing targets for violent extremist groups because of their perceived ties to Western commercial interests, and because they often house foreign employees

• If Western energy companies develop a perception that violent extremist groups are targeting their foreign staff, it could severely affect the oil and gas industry in North Africa.