PGCIL developing Rs 1,300 crore grid security system
Kalyan Verma
March 31st, 2013
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State-run Power Grid Corp is developing an advanced grid security system, worth Rs 1,300 crore, as part of efforts to boost the country’s electricity transmission network and stave off possible cyber attacks on the power systems. The proposed security system is part of larger measures being initiated by the Power Ministry to prevent recurrence of events like last year’s massive collapse of grids that affected more than half of country’s total population. According to a Power Ministry document, central transmission utility Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd ( PGCIL) is in the process of “developing a Grid Security Expert System (GSES) at an estimated cost of Rs 1,300 crore”.
The project involves laying of optical fibre network costing about Rs 1,100 crore for reliable communication and control of under-frequency and load shedding, among others.
Already, Power Grid — which manages electricity grids across the country — has a dedicated independent communication network. The grid security expert system would help in having a proper communication/IT network utilising dedicated fibres to avoid any cyber attack on the power system.

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