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Securing The European Gas Network

Project description

An integrated action plan to protect and fortify Europe's gas network

The European gas network constitutes an integral part of the EU’s energy supply. Its intricate infrastructure of operators, interconnected pipelines and diverse storage facilities makes it vulnerable to a variety of threats such as natural events, accidents, sabotages, and cyberattacks. A disruption in the network can have dire consequences for Europe’s security and the welfare of its citizens. The EU-funded SecureGas project proposes a resilience-based management of gas assets and infrastructures, built on a case-by-case integration, adaptation and customisation of advance components and technical solutions. The project aims to secure existing and forthcoming installations and make them resilient to both physical and cyberthreats, ultimately ensuring the safety and security of Europe’s energy supply.

Objective

SecureGas focuses on the 140.000Km of the European Gas network covering the entire value chain from Production to Distribution to the users, providing methodologies, tools and guidelines to secure existing and incoming installations and make them resilient to cyber-physical threats. Three business cases, addressing relevant issues for the Gas sector and beyond (e.g. oil), have been identified so that to ensure the delivery of solutions and services in line with clear needs and requirements, focused on: risk-based security asset management of gas transmission and distribution networks; impacts (economic, environmental and social) and cascading effects of cyber-physical attacks on interdependent and interconnected European Gas grids; integrity and security, through the operationalization of resilience guidelines, of strategic installations across the EU Gas network.
SecureGas tackles these issues by implementing, updating, and incrementally improving extended components, integrated and federated according to an High-Level Reference Architecture built upon the SecureGas Conceptual Model, a blue print on how to design, build, operate and maintain the EU gas network to make it secure and resilient against cyber-physical threats. The components are contextualized, customized, deployed, demonstrated and validated in each business case, according to the scenarios defined by the end-users. Related services provided by SecureGas will be offered to the end-users via a Platform as a Service (PaaS), that allows modularity, flexibility, cooperation and third-party interoperability, thus securing a long-lasting impact, supporting the project exploitation strategy. A multidisciplinary consortium (Gas operators, technology providers, research institutions, sector-related associations), supports the project implementation across Construction, Demonstration and Validation phases, as well as a Stakeholder Platform ensures inputs, advise, and a wider Diffusion of the project outcomes

Call for proposal

H2020-SU-INFRA-2018-2019-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SU-INFRA-2018

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Coordinator

RINA CONSULTING SPA
Net EU contribution
€ 619 893,75
Address
Via cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Italy

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Other funding
€ 265 668,75

Participants (24)