GE is to deploy its OpShield cybersecurity solution in Latin America for the first time.

It comes as part of a deal GE Power has signed with Brazil’s new independent power producer Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe (CELSE) for a new combined-cycle power plant in the northeast of the country.

The agreement includes operations, maintenance, repairs and digital solutions as well as utilizing the cybersecurity solution.

GE says the pact will help improve the plant’s performance and availability and enable safe operational technology connectivity.

The 1516 MW Porto de Sergipe plant is expected to meet an estimated 15 per cent of the energy needs of northeastern Brazil and will be Latin America’s largest gas power plant when it begins operating in January 2020.

CELSE chief executive Eduardo Maranhão said: “We are pleased this project incorporates the latest digital technology and security solution into our multiyear agreement with GE to help us ensure that our Porto de Sergipe plant operates at the highest levels of reliability and availability to support our power purchase agreements.”

OpShield is a specialized internet-connected sharing firewall that helps protect critical infrastructure by monitoring and blocking malicious activity directed at plant assets.

In October last year GE and CELSE signed the original $900m equipment order for the plant, which is being built in Barra dos Coqueiros in the state of Sergipe. It will include three of GE’s 7HA gas turbines as well as a steam turbine, heat recovery steam generator and transmission technology. GE also is supplying the entire power island engineered package and remaining balance of plant such as cooling towers, foundations, roads and buildings. 

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