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Saudi Aramco invests in IIoT blockchain-security firm Xage

Silicon Valley-based Xage Security announced an investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; www.saev.com), a subsidiary of integrated energy and chemicals company Saudi Aramco. Xage also welcomes Norman Thorlakson to its leadership team as SVP of Sales and Business Development. Providing blockchain-protected security platform for IIOT, Xage’s security fabric creates a trusted foundation […]

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How Digital Technology Is Changing Power Plants

Digital technology is everywhere today including in most power plants. Computer hardware and software are changing the way plants are operated and maintained. Many technology experts will tell you that

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Control Room Considerations: What You Need to Know

Control rooms are vital for organizations to efficiently and effectively monitor multiple information streams and make accurate mission-critical decisions. With an ever-increasing number of content sources and

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The Balanced Burner

Modern combustion technologies help processors safely meet emissions standards, while optimizing the process Combustion is integral to many chemical processes; however, it is not without challenges. Safety is

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Saudi Aramco and Raytheon form cybersecurity joint venture

Saudi Aramco (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; www.saudiaramco.com) and Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Ma.; www.raytheon.com), through its subsidiary Raytheon Saudi Arabia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a joint venture  company that will develop and provide best-in-class cybersecurity services in Saudi Arabia and the  region. The joint venture company will market and provide integrated defensive cybersecurity software […]

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Saipem identifies cyber-attack on its servers

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider Saipem S.p.A. (San Donato Milanese, Italy; www.saipem.com) announced the identification of a cyber-attack on its servers. That company says it is collecting all the elements useful for assessing the impact on its infrastructures and the actions to be taken to restore normal activities and also is in the process […]

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Blockchain-Enabled VPP Planned for South Korea

The South Korean government has pledged 4 billion Korean won (about $3.5 million) to support a blockchain-enabled virtual power plant (VPP) in Busan, the country’s second-most-populous city after Seoul. Busan officials said they have selected a project to build a VPP on a “citizens-shared” blockchain. Technology Aggregates Resources, Standardizes Transactions A VPP is a cloud-based […]

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Intelligent automation brings benefits for petroleum refining, healthcare, finance and more

Intelligent Automation Week (Dec. 3–6; Austin, Tex.; https://intelligentautomationevent.iqpc.com/) brought together representatives from many varied industries to discuss practical applications for artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), cognitive computing and more. Participating organizations included McDonald’s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Pepsico, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, General Motors and many more. Michael Rogers, a contributor […]

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Lloyd’s Register unveils AllAssets to digitalize inspection and maintenance for the oil-and-gas sector

Lloyd’s Register (LR; www.lr.org), a leading global provider of engineering and technology-centric professional services, today launched AllAssets, an innovative SaaS-based Asset Performance Management (APM) platform, making optimization for inspection and maintenance a reality. As organizations strive to maximize asset availability and reduce costs, the risk of unplanned maintenance or asset failure rises. Against a backdrop […]

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Siemens and Aker Solutions to strengthen digital offerings through strategic collaboration

Aker Solutions  (Fornebu, Norway; www.akersolutions.com) and Siemens AG (Munich and Berlin, Germany; www.siemens.com) have signed a strategic collaboration agreement to further develop digital offerings in engineering, operations and services. The collaboration focuses on the creation of software applications and joint service offerings including the development of industrial digital twins that will drive efficiency throughout the […]

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Three Things ICS Security Pros Can Do to Maximize Uptime

Before industrial control systems (ICSs) were network-connected, operators had little to worry about in the way of cyber threats. But as industrial environments, such as energy utilities, become more connected, they’re exposed to vulnerabilities and attacks. ICSs are used in large amounts of critical infrastructure, including the electrical grid, transportation systems, and wastewater plants. How […]

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Cyber Breaches: Is Fear Misplaced?

The power sector’s terror of a debilitating cybersecurity attack is magnified seemingly every day as new vulnerabilities or destructive threat actors are identified. But according to several industrial

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How to Prepare for NERC CIP-013-1

It’s an exciting era in energy generation. The rapid adoption of IT systems and networked technology has enabled new business models and catalyzed production decentralization. However, with innovation comes

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Smart lockout-tagout adds another layer of security

This company now offers Virtual Lockout-Tagout (vLOTO) capabilities with its Connect Power User Plans. vLOTO allows companies to control remote access to equipment, ensuring the safety and security of workers

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Smart actuation for control valves in extreme environments

SEVA electric valve actuators (photo) feature a microprocessor-controlled linear stepper motor to provide accuracy and repeatability. Built to withstand extreme conditions, two SEVA models are available, the

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Modern Simulation Tools: Expanding Applications

New user-friendly solutions help chemical processors tackle tasks beyond design and optimization Initially, steady-state simulation was used in the chemical process industries (CPI) to design a plant or a

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Power Plant Control Loop Tuning and Optimization [PODCAST]

Optimizing power plant control systems can be challenging, but new tools are available to simplify and improve the process. On this episode of The POWER Podcast, Executive Editor Aaron Larson spoke with Jon Towslee, digital engagement leader for ABB Inc.’s Industrial Automation Power Generation & Water business. Towslee explained how ABB Ability is focused on […]

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New Digital Safety System Controller Approved for Nuclear Plants

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the use of Mitsubishi Electric Total Advanced Control (MELTAC) Nplus S digital safety system controllers in U.S. nuclear power plants. While new to the U.S. industry, Mitsubishi said the MELTAC system is already deployed in 38 nuclear power plants around the world, primarily in Japan and China. MELTAC […]

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Advanced Process Control for Optimizing Flue Gas Desulfurization

Coal-fired power plants can significantly improve wet limestone scrubbing with advanced process control. One optimization system implemented at a Japanese facility utilized enhanced regulatory control

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Network-Level Optimization: The Golden Ticket to the Future of Energy

To remain efficient and profitable, utilities must anticipate the ebb and flow of the market. That means companies must gain visibility into the generation and consumption of energy. With network-level

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