ABB is to modernise automation, control and power solutions at Statkraft’s Straumsmo and Innset hydropower plants in Norway, with the option to extend the refurbishment to a third plant, Båtsvann.

The upgrades will leverage ABB’s distributed control platform ABB Ability System 800xA, which will enable complete control of the unmnanned power plants from high-voltage switchgear to low-voltage motor control, management of AC/DC systems and lighting and heating at each plant.

“With such a high dependency on hydro power to deliver electricity across Norway, these plants can truly be classed are critical infrastructure. Improving upon and sustaining each plant’s installed base, assets and smooth operations is vital,” commented Per Erik Holsten, head of ABB Energy Industries in Northern Europe.

This new project builds on a longstanding relationship with Statkraft in the Northern part of Norway, with ABB having previously delivered automation solutions at their Nedre Røssåga, Øvre Røssåga, Bjerka, Skjomen and Adamselv hydropower plants.