Category Archive: Sectors

  1. International Oil Companies

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    With the discovery of oil in Kenya and Uganda and with vast quantities of natural gas found off the coasts of Tanzania and Mozambique, East Africa is increasingly being viewed as the world’s next frontier for oil and gas exploration and production.  The size of the discoveries has raised the likelihood of the region hosting its first liquefied natural gas plant and the region’s resources have been attracting the interest of the world’s oil and gas majors. However, infrastructure is often lacking, security poor, and the onshore and offshore challenges of operating in the region are many.  Added to that, the vast levels of investment required by IOCs entering the region means that the need to manage risk and implement appropriate risk management measures are high.

    Venture Risk Management has solid experience of working with some of the world’s largest oil companies.  With in-depth knowledge of the particular challenges of operating in eastern Africa and with a good understanding of the international standards required, we have supported IOCs throughout various stages of development.

    Services provided by Venture Risk Management to IOCs include:

    • Risk and threat assessments
    • Security planning
    • Premium manned guarding
    • Maritime security
    • Technical support
    • Emergency procedure planning
    • Land transport management systems
    • Provision of trained drivers
    • Logistics
    • Field camp support and catering
    • First Aid training

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  2. Mining

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    Eastern Africa is endowed with many mineral resources: from gold to coal, nickel to uranium, diamonds and other precious stones.  As more and more firms enter the region to invest in exploration and production of these minerals, so resource nationalism intensifies.  Among the challenges faced by the sector in eastern Africa are the logistics required in even getting to some of the concession areas, life support whilst there, conflict between small-scale miners and international investors, systematic theft on a grand scale especially involving diesel, and the protection of the company’s staff and assets from both environmental and physical threats.

    Our management team and project consultants have a wealth of experience in supporting mining companies throughout the life cycle of projects in Africa.  We have a highly professional approach to community relations planning and management, believing it to be at the heart of security solutions on mine sites.

    Services provided by Venture Risk Management to international mining companies include:

    • Risk and threat assessments
    • Security planning and implementation
    • Field support services
    • Journey management and liaison
    • Provision of trained drivers
    • Due diligence and local intelligence
    • Community relations advice and management
    • Illegal mining management
    • Premium manned guarding
    • Technical systems planning
    • High value product movement planning

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  3. Infrastructure

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    Throughout the countries in which we operate, infrastructure is often lacking. Poor power supply and weak infrastructure are key factors preventing countries in the region moving up the World Bank Doing Business rankings.   Yet for sustained economic development infrastructure needs to be shored up and supported: businesses need ports to run smoothly without incurring financial loss through misappropriation of containers; communications firms need to deliver their services and develop without the threat of security breaches; and roads need to built free from threat of sabotage and diesel theft – to give just a few examples.

    Against this background, Venture Risk Management provides robust comprehensive safety and security solutions to infrastructure projects and installations, and is used to working with multiple stakeholders on a single project.

    Services provided by Venture Risk Management to infrastructure installations include:

    • Risk and threat assessments
    • Due diligence and local intelligence
    • Premium manned guarding
    • Emergency response
    • Technical systems advice

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  4. Government & NGOs

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    In Africa, and possibly now more so than ever, representing the interests of governments abroad poses a multitude of challenges to envoys and government officials, both from a security and logistical perspective.  By being a reliable risk management and support services provider, Venture Risk Management has enabled diplomatic missions to keep staff and their families safe in high risk areas while simultaneously providing officials with the flexibility to effectively deliver key services.  In times of austerity with security budgets under pressure, the team at Venture Risk Management has experience of providing cost effective but robust security measures to protect government assets of varying scales.

    Meanwhile, the very nature of their developmental work often requires representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to work in high-risk areas which may not be easily accessible. And in a world where aid workers may be the ones to make certain discoveries and where NGOs may not always be viewed as neutral, they now face greater dangers than before in operating in complex environments and in emergency situations.  NGOs are increasingly becoming the focus of attack or kidnap particularly in or near areas of conflict.   We believe that the key to keeping NGO workers safe is to reduce risks through the preventative aspects of security management.  Venture Risk Management is able to support NGOs in many ways; such as assisting in the logistical aspects of humanitarian relief, protecting aid workers in the light of threats against them and managing journeys on hazardous roads.

    Services provided by Venture Risk Management to governments and NGOs include:

    • Risk and threat assessments
    • Security planning
    • Local information gathering and reporting
    • Close protection
    • Journey management
    • Premium guarding
    • Logistics

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