Understanding the threat


Reliable and effective physical security in the oil & gas sector is a challenging objective, when situated in remote and often high risk locations. Geopolitical issues have culminated in the rise of terrorists targeting the physical infrastructure of the Oil and Gas industry to gain notoriety and control of the valuable resources that these plants process.


What SVS can do for you


Oil and Gas pipelines, sites and structures are a major target for terrorist attack whether for political advantage, financial gain or general disruption / propaganda.


The result of an attack on an oil structure could be catastrophic from a number of viewpoints (casualties, financial, ecological, logistical) and is therefore one of our largest areas of concern.


Providing protection for these sites is generally enforced by providing a restriction of access to hostile intrusion at the perimeter of the site thereby denying access to the vulnerable parts of the site. However, there are a large number of other considerations to be made to ensure that a security line is suitable and commensurate with the threat.


SVS understand the special considerations needed to protect oil and gas infrastructure and have developed solutions specifically designed to combat the unique risks posed by these sites.


Identifying the threat


As most Oil and Gas sites are perimeter restricted, the identification of a threat will generally be around the vulnerability of the fence line and access points. The solutions will always begin with the identification of the threats, assessing the vulnerabilities and then providing suitable mitigation.


Examples of threats:

  1. Hostile vehicle attack (with or without Improvised Explosive Device)
  2. Mass attack gunmen
  3. Small explosive device


Priorities for protection would include:

  1. People
  2. Critical infrastructure
  3. Operational processes






Any solution strategy should start with a reduction in the threat by simple changes including infrastructure remodeling to reduce the possibility of high approach speeds and protection of “weaker” fence line areas adjacent to entry point areas


The use of automated physical blocking systems should be considered to further reduce the risk of a successful incursion attack however the creation of protective control areas for blocking equipment is equally as important as the equipment itself.


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As with most vulnerabilities, it is unlikely that physical protective measures will completely remove the risk of attack however it is proven that higher profile protection measures will reduce the likelihood and will certainly mitigate the consequence of any attack.


Our consultative approach to business enables us to provide advice on what can be done and we can help consider not only the layout design and costs but also the operationaland logistical impact of the introduction of protection measures (a key element in ensuring the correct solution).


SVS Solution can provide physical protection measures for the mitigation of hostile attack risks and have a number of unique products used in the protection of Oil and Gas facilities.

SVS Road Blocker is a crash tested ASTM F2656 (M50 P1) road blocker and is HCIS compliant (see options) with 1000mm raised height blocking segment.


SVS provides a high level of security against unauthorised vehicle access. Developed and manufactured by engineers with significant experience in the fields of physical security and vehicle access control, it is a highly dependable security product that will easily interface with a wide range of control equipment.


Assembled in our supplier’s fabrication facilities using heavy gauge materials to give maximum strength and durability, the Road Blocker is an ideal product to protect high security establishments, iconic buildings and critical infrastructure.


Options available


  1. Fully compliant HCIS road blocker
  2. Emergency fast raise system
  3. Emergency buttons with lock down
  4. LPS 1175 cabinets available for HPU
  5. Speed of operation 3-5 Seconds
  6. Access and intercom systems
  7. UPS backup for the electrical system
  8. Interlocking systems to give air-lock type protection on sites with higher threat levels
  9. Operating temperatures & environments
  10. Inductive loop systems
  11. Traffic lights and back-indications systems
  12. Integral inset warning lights in blocking segment
  13. Accumulator systems (fail secure) for hydraulic operation in power failure conditions