The police are investigating drone sightings in the North Sea after several observations at oil platforms

Oseberg oil field platformPhoto: Helge Hansen / NTB
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The Southwestern Police District has launched an investigation after several observations of drones at several Norwegian platforms in the North Sea.

In total, there have been reports of at least six sightings of unidentified drones within the safety zone of Norwegian platforms on the Norwegian continental shelf, the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad writes.

“We have launched an investigation to gain clarity as to whether drones have been observed, where the drones may be flying in relation to the installations, what the intention is, and who is behind it,” Amund Preede Revheim, section leader for the North Sea/Environment in the said police district stated.

He confirmed that operating companies in the North Sea had reported several sightings of drones.

“We take this seriously. We do not know who is behind it, and we are keeping all possibilities open,” Preede Revheim added.

The section leader emphasized that flying drones in the safety zones around the platforms is a criminal offense if one does not have permission to do so. 

He says the police are cooperating with the industry and supervisory authorities and that the Police Security Service (PST) has been notified of the case.

Note: The picture used is for illustration purposes only.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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