India plans more power islands to counter cyber, terrorist threats

The plan follows a major power outage in India's financial hub Mumbai last year that brought the city to a halt and prompted speculation about a cyber attack

Rajesh Kumar Singh | Bloomberg
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Islanding systems feature generation capacity and can isolate automatically from the main grid in the event of an outage.

India is discussing a plan to create so-called power islanding systems in several cities to protect critical infrastructure from potential attacks on the electricity grid, power minister Raj Kumar Singh said.
Cities including Bengaluru, known as India’s Silicon Valley, and Jamnagar, which has two of India’s largest oil refineries, are among cities being assessed for an islanding system, Singh told lawmakers in parliament Thursday. Existing systems in cities such as New Delhi and Mumbai are being revamped, he said.
The plan follows a major power outage in India’s financial hub Mumbai last year that brought the city to a halt and prompted speculation about a cyber attack. The year before, the country’s nuclear power monopoly reported computer systems at one of its generation plants had been attacked by malware. Power grids the world over are increasingly digitalized, leaving them vulnerable to such attacks.

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First Published: Jul 24 2021 | 6:44 AM IST

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