In the course of studying the best international practices of power companies, Ukrenergo delegation visited Israel to take on the expertise of our Israeli colleagues in the field of critical infrastructure protection.It is no coincidence that local companies are considered the world leading energy experts capable of protecting their power systems. The complex global geopolitical situation in the country forces Israeli power companies to take maximum efforts and implement new technologies to protect their infrastructure (substations, generating facilities, transmission lines, etc.), ensuring not only the reliability of its operation, but also its sustainable development.
The representatives of Ukrenergo had a possibility to learn about the system of comprehensive response to all security situations, used by Israeli power companies based on the example of Israel Electric Corporation (IEC). It is the largest power company in Israel: it consists of 17 gas- and coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of 13.6 GW, which accounts for 99.8% of Israel’s electricity generation. IEC supplies electricity to nearly three million consumers, combining transmission and distribution functions. During the working visit to IEC, Ukrenergo representatives visited the largest Israeli TPP Orot Rabin in Hadera with a capacity of almost 2.6 GW (23% of the total electricity generated in Israel) and a restricted access substation in Tel Aviv.
“The protection of critical infrastructure is one of the key elements the entire IEC security team is focusing on. For Israel, resilience and flexibility in the power system are decisive. After all, the risks of interference in its operation are extremely high, and the consequences are unpredictable. For years, the country has been living in a situation of permanent military conflicts. Therefore, its power system should be ready to stand up and resist serious challenges at any time. Improvement of the systems for protecting power facilities in order to ensure its uninterrupted and reliable work today is an important task of Ukrainian power engineers,” said Deputy CEO for Communications and International Cooperation Mykhailo Bno-Airiian.
It should be noted that Israel is one of the leaders in the field of cybersecurity. Therefore, Ukrenergo delegation also met with representatives of a number of private Israeli companies, including Team 8 holding, which includes several well-known companies such as Claroty, Sygnia, Illusive and Hysolate. Meetings were also held with the representatives of Indegy, TrapX, Verint, as well as CyberGym, a specialised subsidiary of IEC, which successfully works not only in Israel but also throughout Europe. “We were especially impressed by Claroty, a powerful company specialising in protecting the automation of technological processes from cyberattacks. This is a solution to protect the automation of substations. We saw some modern high-performance products,” said Director for IT at Ukrenergo Serhii Halahan.
During a meeting with the chair of Israel Electric Corporation’s Board, former Commander of IDF Ground Forces Yiftah Ron-Tal, Ukrenergo representatives discussed possible ways of cooperation and, on behalf of the company’s CEO Vsevolod Kovalchuk, invited IEC management to visit Ukraine. General Yiftah Ron-Tal, in turn, expressed their readiness to facilitate the exchange of information and provide Ukrenergo with advice on protecting critical infrastructure.