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Oil & gas price surge heightens risk of underinsurance: Lockton

14th April 2022 - Author: Matt Sheehan

Peter Hall, Head of Marine Cargo & Logistics at Lockton, has warned that the surge in oil and gas prices as a result of international sanctions on Russia could heighten the risk of underinsurance.

Commenting on the conflict and its implications for the global re/insurance industry, Hall noted that failure to review and purchase sufficient limit may leave some in the energy sector underinsured as asset values exceed insurance limits.

“With spot market crude oil prices sitting above $100 for many weeks now – and at one point the highest levels since 2008 – insurance policy limits need to be under constant review to ensure that full value coverage remains in place,” Hall said.

“Many companies in the sector should be encouraged to review if an increase in their primary policy is required or at least ensure that their policy is on a first loss basis.”

The energy security strategy published recently by the UK Government seeks to reduce reliance on Russian oil and will have a major impact on the global economy, Lockton believes, with prices likely to rise further on both oil and gas supplies.

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“Companies impacted include those producing and transporting crude oil, oil derivatives and gas as well as those offering storage facilities,” Hall said.

“Companies, in particular, need to be aware of the risks this surge in oil and gas prices poses – primarily in terms of their assets being underinsured, he explained. “Companies affected should first revisit the cover conditions in their policies to identify any potential underinsurance.”

The Lockton executive also advised that companies should look to introduce measures to reduce their risk exposure whilst seeking to increase the insured limits with their incumbent insurer.

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