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Virus attack takes RasGas offline

by Patrick Osgood on Aug 30, 2012

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Rasgas says its office systems have been down since a virus struck on 27 August.
Rasgas says its office systems have been down since a virus struck on 27 August.

RasGas, the second largest producer of Qatari LNG after QatarGas, has been hit with an "unknown virus" which has taken the company offline.

A RasGas spokesperson confirmed that “an unknown virus has affected its office systems" since Monday 27 August.

RasGas confirmed the situation to suppliers by fax yesterday. “RasGas is presently experiencing technical issues with its office computer systems,” said the RasGas fax seen by Oil & Gas Middle East, dated 28 August. “We will inform you when our system is back up and running.”

Emails to verified addresses at RasGas bounced back with a permanent delivery failure error message. The RasGas website (www.rasgas.com) is down.

The RasGas spokesman said the virus has “no impact whatsoever on operations in Ras Laffan Industrial City and there are no issues with cargo deliveries.”

“Everyone is reporting to work as normal,” the spokesman said. “We are working with ICT Qatar to resolve the situation as soon as possible.”

The news follows a malware attack against Saudi Aramco on 15 August which forced the world's largest oil company to take down its company-wide office systems for twelve days. 

RasGas, a joint venture between QP and ExxonMobil, comprises seven giant LNG process trains in Ras Laffan, Qatar. The company exports 36.3 million tonnes a year of LNG, most of which under long-term contracts with customers in Korea, India, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Taiwan, and the Americas. The company is also responsible for around 10% of global helium production.


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