Renewable energy producer Statkraft has selected technology company ABB for upgrading its Straumsmo and Innset hydropower plants in Norway.

These plants generate a combined total of 228MW of renewable energy. The contract also has an option to refurbish the Båtsvann hydropower plant.

Under the contract, ABB will modernise automation, control and power systems at the Statkraft plants, improving their efficiency and reliability.

Statkraft North region senior vice-president Dag Smedbold said: “Ensuring the efficiency, stability, reliability and robustness of our automation systems and electrical systems is critical as both plants operate unmanned.”

For this upgrade, ABB will use its distributed control platform called ABB Ability System 800xA. The platform was designed to integrate process control, power management, electrical, and safety within a common reliable system.

A spokesperson for ABB said the system can fully control the power plant, ranging from high-voltage switchgear to low-voltage motor control as well as enable management of AC/DC systems and lighting and heating at each plant.

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ABB Northern Europe energy industries head Per Erik Holsten said: “With such a high dependency on hydropower 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.”

“We have collaborated many times with Statkraft and recently our work with them at Øvre Røssåga was recognised as best practice. It is being used as a blueprint on how to deliver similar projects going forward.”

Earlier, ABB delivered automation solutions at Statkraft’s Nedre Røssåga, Øvre Røssåga, Bjerka, Skjomen and Adamselv hydro power plants.