ABB to upgrade control systems at two of EDP's power plants in Spain

ABB to upgrade control systems at two of EDP's power plants in Spain

The project enables compliance with cyber security regulations, extends plant lifespan, and supports the digitalization of Aboño 2 and Soto 5 power plants.

ABB has won a contract for the modernization of two power plants in Spain, Aboño 2 and Soto 5, owned by EDP, a prominent player in the energy sector. The project ensures compliance with NIS2 European cyber security regulation and provides solutions for addressing potential cyber threats more effectively.

“By integrating digital technologies, the power plants will be able to optimize their operations and achieve greater efficiency and reliability. ABB AbilityTM System 800xA enables operators to make better-informed decisions, respond more effectively to process abnormalities, and optimize overall system performance,” said José Alfonso Almansa, Power Generation Sales Manager at ABB in Spain.

  • Soto 5 power plant | Image Credits: EDP
  • Aboño 2 pwer plant | Image Credits: EDP

To further simplify the cyber security operations, the project scope also includes the implementation of ABB AbilityTM Cyber Security Workplace as part of the ABB Care service contract. In addition, the modernization efforts extend the lifespan of the power plants and provide them with access to advanced digital solutions without jeopardizing cyber security.

Leading digital and automation solutions

The project between ABB and EDP underscores the significance of collaboration in driving innovation in the energy sector.

“EDP, as a leading power generation company, recognizes the importance of staying in front of technological advancements to meet the evolving demands of the industry”, said José Antonio de la Guerra Alonso, Director of Maintenance CPT Soto de Ribera at EDP. “By leveraging ABB's expertise in automation and cyber security, EDP aims to ensure continued success and operational excellence of its power plants.”

“This project, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023, is another important step in ABB's commitment to enabling smarter, safer, and more reliable operations by addressing the critical needs of the energy industry,” added José Alfonso Almansa. “This will make significant strides in advancing the digital transformation and cyber security resilience of the power generation sector in Spain.”

Ensuring the highest levels of security

By deploying ABB AbilityTM Cyber Security Workplace, the power plants ensure compliance with the new European regulation for cyber security in operational technology (OT) systems, such as the distributed control systems (DCS) used in power plants. This innovative technology enables the identification and supports the quick remediation of cyber security risks, by providing a comprehensive view of security operations.

"The ABB AbilityTM Cyber Security Workplace is an innovative cyber security solution for OT systems, enabling compliance with the European NIS2 regulation through security update management, malware protection management, and backup & recovery management functionality," José Alfonso Almansa concluded.

The project is relevant for Europe, where power generation and compliance with cyber security regulations are critical concerns. ABB control systems play a significant role in Combined Cycle Power Plants (CCPPs) in Spain. Soto 5 is the first power plant in Spain to adopt the ABB AbilityTM Cyber Security Workplace solution.


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