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Volume 8 Issue 3  - 10 March 2017

Energex Energy Academy Invitation
New Low Voltage Service Pits Design

Seats Available for the Energex Energy Academy Sessions

There are still seats available for the upcoming Energex Energy Academy information sessions which are due to commence next week.

The Energex Energy Academy provides electrical contractors and other trade professionals information they need to keep up to date with changes in the electricity industry.

Topics covered will include portal / system upgrades, an update on the Energex / Ergon Energy merger, QECMM update and changes, Power of Choice (metering) and an update on the 2016 QLD Household Energy Survey results.

This free information series is offering sessions across six South East Queensland locations during March 2017, please see as follows;
  • Tuesday 14 March  - Brothers Leagues Club, Ipswich
  • Thursday 16 March - Kedron Wavell Services Club, Chermside
  • Tuesday 21 March - Nerang RSL, Nerang
  • Thursday 23 March - Maroochy RSL, Maroochydore
  • Tuesday 28 March - Springwood Hotel, Springwood
  • Thursday 30 March  - Carina Leagues Club, Carina
All sessions will be held from 3:00pm - 5:00pm and refreshments will be provided.

Please note places are strictly limited, so register now to secure a spot. To RSVP to a session that suits you please click here for session registration.

New Low Voltage Service Pits for High Density Housing Areas

Energex are trialling low voltage service pits as a supply option to customers where a pillar may be impractical. The pit has the service fuses connected in an air tight bell at the top of the pit, which is designed to prevent water reaching the fuses.
The Energex and consumers mains run directly into the fuse holders and neutral link require the cables to be firmly secured at the edge of the bell and fitted with enough slack to ensure insulation is not weakened at this point when lifting and closing the hinged bell. Contractors are advised to leave sufficient mains in the pit to allow for this slack.
Low voltage service pits are only for use in the following applications:
  • High density laneway developments where a pillar location would be in driveway or in front of doorway.
  • As an alternative between driveways where a pillar is likely to be damaged by vehicles and would require bollards around the pillar.
  • Where councils prohibit above ground infrastructure (e.g. CBD areas)
  • Only for one way pillars with maximum cable size 16mm2.
  • The pillar location must not be higher in elevation to the customer’s switchboard to prevent water from the pillar draining into customer’s installation.
At this stage, these pits have been installed in certain locations in high density estates at Fitzgibbon and Redland Bay. Use in an estate design will require approval from Engineering Standards. See below images of these service pits;

Low Voltage Service Pit

Lid Removed

Bell Open

Mains & Consumers Mains Secured to Bell

Low Voltage Panel

Installed On Site

Installed On Site
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