– It was a little disgusting, says the person who has the film, and who doesn’t want to be named.
The person who filmed and a colleague made several observations on what they believe may be a drone since last summer.
All observations are made at night.
– If it had been a plane we would have heard a sound, but we could not have heard anything. He fell low over the plant and was on the same road for several nights, explains the woman, who often works nights.
Observations were also made at various points in the village.
I will not comment
The NRK was in contact with both the military and the police on Wednesday.
The defense refers to the police. Police did not have the opportunity to comment on the video or remarks on Wednesday. They launched an investigation after observations of what could be drones in Sirdal.
– Recently, we have received several reports on drone observations around what is characterized as a critical infrastructure. We don’t want to say when or where, said Amund Preede Revheim, head of the North Sea and Environment Section in the Southwest Police District.
– We also don’t want to go into detail about what the remarks are about, he said.
People call the mayor for comments
In September, it became known that unidentified drones were observed in the vicinity of overseas grid plants, power plants and cables.
In addition, several observations were made drones in several oil and gas installations in the North Sea.
The video in this article is from one of the facilities of the Sira-Kvina power company in Tonstad in Sirdal. The power plant is one of the largest power plants in the country.
The mayor has been contacted by several residents about sightings they believe may be drones.
– My impression is that people are not afraid, but they are uncomfortable. People contact me to broadcast it so it can be followed, says Mayor Jonny Liland in Sirdal.
Request information from government authorities
Liland expects the authorities and police to do what they can to find out if it’s a drone that has been circling the village’s power plants.
– I expect them to take it seriously so that residents can feel safe. At the same time, we have to take care of the power plants and we will take care of the production of energy, he says.
Earlier this week it was known that the National Guard it will help the police monitor several oil and gas plants along the coast.
Sirdal is among the largest energy municipalities in the country with significant energy production.
– We have a lot of energy and Agder is a large producer of renewable energy. This should mean the police are there. I don’t know if it’s about guarding. But we expect information to come from central government authorities about what is being done, Liland says.
– Probably no bad intentions
Associate Professor Lars Peder Haga of the Norwegian Military Academy saw the video that NRK had access to.
– It is not very likely that there is someone with bad intentions persisting here. They would have planned in advance what they will find. They make an observation and nothing more. They don’t attract unwanted attention, says Haga.
– It is more likely that there may be someone who thinks it is fun to film or fly a drone. But it could also be something completely different. It is completely impossible to tell from this video. He doesn’t tell me anything, she says.
Emphasize that observing something “strange” often brings with it several suggestions.
– All the experience of great exercises, when someone has seen something they think is a drone, then reports are poured of sightings that turn out to be planes, moving trees and even balloons. At the same time, it doesn’t have to be that people who see something out of the ordinary find it easy to report, she says.