The Remolina hydropower plant. Image courtesy of Repsol

Spanish multi-energy company Repsol has selected ABB to enhance performance at its five hydropower plants through the installation of a new SCADA solution.

The five hydropower plants – Arbon, Dorias, Remolina, Silvon and Aguayo – are located to the north of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, in the provinces of León, Asturias and Cantabria.

“ABB has been a leader in providing automation and digital solutions across industries. We have been aware of ABB’s portfolio of products which is why when it came to leveraging the operations at our hydropower plants, we selected ABB,” commented Jesús Cajete, Purchasing Manager at REPSOL Generation. “The ABB SCADA came with integrated cybersecurity solutions which is crucial to optimize plant operations without any intrusion.”

ABB won the project in December 2021 and wull implement the ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus SCADA and modernize the existing solutions. The system was developed to maximize plant efficiency and reliability through automation, integration, and optimization of an entire plant. There are more than 7,500 Symphony Plus control system installations in operation all over the world with more than 5,000 of which are supporting energy applications.

“We engaged with the customer at every level and carefully analyzed the requirements. This helped our team to customize the solution and make ABB a become a key contributor in Repsol’s digital journey,” said José Alfonso Almansa, Power Generation Sales Manager ABB Energy Industries Spain. 

The system provides a standard control methodology across the enterprise to automate workflows and optimize day-to-day operations, enabling companies to maximize uptime and ensure safety, said ABB. It uses a high-performance, real-time Relational Database Management System to enhance data integrity and data retrieval. The SCADA system also integrates its own and third-party systems and devices with a high level of cybersecurity compliance and enables the adoption of new digital solutions. Third-party system integration has been a priority for Repsol to ensure seamless operation at its plants. 

“Winning this project has further strengthened our relationship with Repsol. We look forward to engaging with them in their future projects and becoming a partner in their digital journey,” José Alfonso Almansa noted.

Image courtesy of Repsol