Portugal’s largest gas distributor Floene becomes newest member of the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS)

The Hague, the Netherlands – 14 November 2023: The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) today announces Floene as the newest member to join its mission to strengthen Europe’s energy sector cyber defenses. Floene manages the largest gas distribution network in Portugal and has one of the most modern infrastructures in Europe, prepared for the distribution of renewable gases, such as hydrogen and biomethane. ENCS already works with a number of gas grid operators across Europe, sharing knowledge and expertise, providing security testing, consultancy and training services. With Floene joining, a next step in harmonizing best practices throughout Europe is at hand as well as the opportunity for ENCS members and stakeholders to benefit from Floene’s expertise in gas distribution innovations.

Anjos Nijk, Managing Director, ENCS, comments: “I’m delighted to welcome Floene to our network, Portugal’s largest gas distributor, bolstering our knowledge and expertise in this sector. The energy transition will not be possible without gas in the energy mix. Since gas has become an instrument in the geo-political developments and the Nordstream incident the importance of securing our gas infrastructure has become evident. We look forward to Floene’s contributions to our network.”

Wagner Castro, Head of IT Service Strategy, comments: “Cybersecurity is a crucial component to ensure key capabilities in the renewable energy distribution, in which, both, business continuity and resilience are not options, but the mission. Joining ENCS is an important step for Floene in the exciting journey of the energy transition in Portugal.”

FLOENE is the largest natural gas distribution operator in Portugal, operating in 106 municipalities from North to South of the country through its 9 Regional Gas Distribution Operators, serving over 1.1 million connected customers.

About Floene

With a network of more than 13,500 km, fully prepared to accommodate new renewable gases like hydrogen and biomethane, FLOENE positions itself as a significant player in Portugal’s energy transition, thereby fulfilling its purpose of promoting sustainable communities.

About ENCS

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) is a non-profit membership organisation that brings together critical infrastructure stakeholders and security experts to deploy secure European critical energy grids and infrastructure. Founded in 2012, ENCS has dedicated researchers and test specialists who work with members and partners on applied research, defining technical security requirements, component and end-to-end testing, as well as education & training. ENCS uses its network in academia, government and business to provide cyber security solutions and counsel dedicated to the needs of national Distribution System Operators (DSO), Transport System Operators (TSOs) and regulators.

For more information, please contact:

Floene: Ricardo David Lopes – rdl@cunhavaz.com +351 969 406670

ENCS: Maartje Knottenbelt – maartje.knottenbelt@encs.eu +31 88 2052 678

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