Deputy Minister for Energy in-charge of Petroleum in the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, says the Ministry is working with the country’s National Security Secretariat to implement an Energy Security Policy, aimed at protecting critical infrastructure and the sustainability of the petroleum industry.
He said “as we make efforts at digitization, so do we become vulnerable to cybercrime and other threats to petroleum infrastructure.”
It would be recalled that some suspected arsonist hacked down Ghana Grid Company’s (GRIDCo) transmission tower in Tema early this year.
Few weeks after that incident, a gas pipeline belonging to private firm, Cirrus Oil Services in Tema power enclave was also torched.
These incidents clearly shows that the country’s petroleum infrastructure and other critical installations are exposed to threats, hence the need for Energy Security Policy to address the threats.
Addressing industry players at the Ghana International Petroleum Conference in Accra, organized by the National Petroleum Authority in partnership with Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors and Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Dr Amin Adam noted that the petroleum industry is now exposed to significant risks and danger of disruption, particularly the physical infrastructure on which the industry is built.