Experts with the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have begun a physical security audit of Ukrenergo’s critical infrastructure facilities to analyze the factors that may pose a threat due to facilities’ structural characteristics (design basis threats).
Last days of July saw US experts’ first visit to Ukrenergo, during which PNNL delegation inspected the 330 kV Pivnichna Substation. The project’s main goal is to help Ukrenergo adopt international standards for the security of infrastructure facilities.
Cooperation with PNNL is within the framework of the US-Ukraine Strategic Energy Dialogue supported by the US Secretary of Energy and the US Embassy in Ukraine. PNNL’s methodologies are used to physically protect energy infrastructure and other critical assets in the United States. In the future, the safety standards used by PNNL is planned to be used to assess design threats to Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
US specialists will further determine the overall efficiency of physical security of Ukrenergo’s infrastructure and priority threats according to international standards and evaluate the investments needed to improve the physical security of the grid.
Future visits of PNNL experts to Ukrenergo will take the form of workshops and feature US energy security experts. They will share with Ukrenergo the knowledge and expertise in assessing physical security, train the staff to collect and analyze data at critical infrastructure facilities, identify project threats, among other things.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is one of the largest research centers managed by the US Department of Energy. In total, the scientific institution employs 4414 scientists, engineers and business professionals. Laboratory experts conduct research in a variety of scientific fields to improve grid sustainability and ensure US energy security.