considering deploying sea-borne rapid-reaction forces to help private oil firms
such as BP, one of its senior officials has announced.
Shea, director of policy planning in the office of Nato's secretary-general,
said the proposal may mean sending Nato forces to Africa, Asia and the Middle East to protect oil companies'
Nato, we are looking very actively at using our maritime resources,”
Shea told a conference in London on Monday. He said Nato wanted to
“see how we can link up with oil companies”.
he had so far discussed the issue with Royal Dutch Shell and BP, respectively
the world's second- and third-largest Western oil companies by market value.
oil companies already have substantial security measures, Shea said
they were also keen to receive help with intelligence.
Nato is also in talks
with Qatar about how it could help to secure
the Gulf state's large liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.
LNG is gas cooled to
liquid and transported under pressure in tankers. LNG facilities are seen as a
particular security risk because of the pressurised gas.
Nato is not yet in talks
with Saudi Arabia but may be prepared to help there
as well, Shea said.
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What does Mr Brown think about sending our boys to look
after BP and Shell ?