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ABB unveils power control systems cybersecurity solution

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At Asia Power Week yesterday, ABB launched a cybersecurity solution that it says automates “security best practices for power generation automation in response to increasing security demands on the vital energy sector”.  

ABB’s Cyber Security Workplace provides a suite of security applications and automation to reduce cybersecurity risks, increase system reliability and to minimize efforts in sustaining and maintaining security best practices.

“Industrial control systems that increasingly use open standards and commercial technology have introduced major operational benefits, but also cyber security concerns,” says Kevin Kosisko, managing director of ABB’s Power Generation & Water business, which is part of the Industrial Automation division.

The company says the solution is capable of demonstrating compliance with international standards, national regulations and recommended security best practices.Quezon Power coal fired power plant

And it added that with the new solution in place, “power generators can easily enforce corporate industrial control security policies and maintain enhanced visibility to security status reporting without burdening plant personnel with time consuming routine security maintenance”. 

“ABB’s security solution gives customers a way to embrace foundational security practices while minimizing time demands on plant personnel, who are facing growing demands associated with security, regulatory compliance and corporate risk," adds Kosisko.

ABB says the cyber solution has been designed to fit into existing plant level business processes and to address foundational security controls without impacting safety, reliability or availability.

ABB also used Asia Power Week – which is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand – to announce two contracts wins.

It has clinched an order to supply a high-fidelity operator training simulator from its Symphony family of control systems to a 460 MW coal plant in the Mauban municipality of the Philippines.

Operator Quezon Power will use the high-fidelity dynamic simulator to ensure operator competence. ABB said that “with the daily decisions of personnel directly impacting a plant’s safety, production, process availability and quality, it is critical that operators have all the information they need to make correct and timely decisions”.

The simulator will offer a virtual recreation of the actual Quezon plant, including non-standard scenarios and faults, allowing both new and existing staff to become more familiar with their working environment and learn how to react in challenging situations. The scope of work for this project runs from design and engineering to installation, commissioning and training.

The second deal announced in Bangkok was for ABB to supply its distributed control system Ability Symphony Plus to what will become the largest solid refuse fuel power plant in South Korea.Naepo Green Energy solid fuel plant

Construction of the plant, which is owned by Naepo Green Energy, has begun in Naepo New City, around 100 kilometres southeast of Seoul.

Due to be commissioned in 2019, the 66 MW plant will provide heat and electricity for the local district from domestic waste. ABB will provide complete design, engineering, commissioning and training for its Symphony Plus DCS, including the latest generation of SD Series energy-efficient control and I/O modules. 

Once the plant is operational, ABB says that Symphony Plus will offer plant performance monitoring of the boiler, turbine and its auxiliaries, by combining intelligent data analysis with an innovative calculation algorithm, using data generated by the plant.

“This digitalization-driven benefit will provide the customer with actionable insights based on data analysis, ultimately allowing them to improve asset performance, efficiency and profitability,” said Kevin Kosisko. “While overcoming the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, ABB is able to draw on its long-standing spirit of control technology innovation that represents its roots to the future.” 

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