Level 1 ASPs


Level 1 ASP undertake work to extend the overhead and/or underground electricity network or increase the capacity of the existing network.

  • Proactive discussions, engagement and insights from Level 1 Accredited Service Providers;
  • Critical information updates; and
  • Other useful and relevant information

If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au


Level 1 ASP undertake work to extend the overhead and/or underground electricity network or increase the capacity of the existing network.

  • Proactive discussions, engagement and insights from Level 1 Accredited Service Providers;
  • Critical information updates; and
  • Other useful and relevant information

If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Outrigger pad selection

    22 days ago
    Outriggerpads
    Background

    A recent review of the dunnage supplied with our plant has resulted in additional dunnage available to meet the crane code of practice for work completed in our typical operating environment. Key risks identify:

    • Failure to maintain stability is one of the key factors associated with serious crane incidents
    • The use of outriggers on crane borers helps provide greater stability to the crane when lifting loads
    • Irrespective of ground conditions, timbers or other means of distributing the load must always be placed under the outriggers.
    What do you need to do?

    All operators of a crane borer and the...

    Background

    A recent review of the dunnage supplied with our plant has resulted in additional dunnage available to meet the crane code of practice for work completed in our typical operating environment. Key risks identify:

    • Failure to maintain stability is one of the key factors associated with serious crane incidents
    • The use of outriggers on crane borers helps provide greater stability to the crane when lifting loads
    • Irrespective of ground conditions, timbers or other means of distributing the load must always be placed under the outriggers.
    What do you need to do?

    All operators of a crane borer and the holder of a C2 or higher HRWL, should know, understand and complete the requirements for calculating the weight being borne by the outriggers and the minimum area required to safely distribute it.
    The ground conditions, mass of the crane and the mass of the load must be considered. This will help determine if you need to carry extra dunnage.
    The attached matrix minimum area under outrigger M2 – Crane Borer can be used as quick reference guide showing different loads, ground conditions and the required dunnage.
    The equation below, taken from the Mobile Crane Code of Practice 2006 (QLD), is used to calculate the minimum area required to safely distribute the load.

    0.65 x (total crane mass + lifted load)
    ----------------------------------------------------
    maximum permissible ground pressure

    What dunnage should I use?

    Essential Energy use four types of dunnage:

    • Composite pads (550x550, 22mm thick,13.5kg) – suitable for crane borers and large EWPs on solid ground. These are also used between the outrigger foot and any cribbed dunnage to evenly disperse the load.
    • Composite pads (550x550, 16mm thick, 9.8kg) – suitable for smaller EWPs on solid ground. These are also used between the outrigger foot and any cribbed dunnage to evenly disperse the load.
    • Composite pads (1,025x395, 50mm thick, 19kg) – used in pairs these can be placed under the plastic pads to increase the surface area in softer ground conditions.
    • Hardwood timber (1,200x200, 75mm thick, 23kg) – more versatile than composite pads but slightly heavier. Can be cribbed to form a large foot for poor ground conditions.
    Stability is critical to the safe operation of an EWP and similar to cranes outrigger ground pressure must be considered.
    The attached matrix minimum area under outrigger M2 – Elevated Work Platform can be used as a quick reference guide showing different vehicle operating weights, ground conditions and then required dunnage for EWPs.

    Essential Energy would like to share this information and advise that we are using the Mobile Crane Code of Practice 2006 (QLD) for work completed in our typical operating environment.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au


  • Important Reminder to all Level 3 Designers

    27 days ago
    Electricadesign
    Design Information Package (DIP)

    Essential Energy have been made aware on several occasions where designs have been completed by Level 3 Accredited Service Providers (ASPs) as a desktop only design and no site inspection has been undertaken. Level 3 ASPs are reminded that as per CEOP2015 General Terms and Conditions for Contestable Work –

    Section 5.5.2 Design Information Package:
    Design information is provided in good faith from Essential Energy records and the information
    provided by the applicant. Essential Energy does not warrant or accept liability for inaccuracies or
    incomplete information. The applicant must inform Essential Energy of any conflict with...

    Design Information Package (DIP)

    Essential Energy have been made aware on several occasions where designs have been completed by Level 3 Accredited Service Providers (ASPs) as a desktop only design and no site inspection has been undertaken. Level 3 ASPs are reminded that as per CEOP2015 General Terms and Conditions for Contestable Work –

    Section 5.5.2 Design Information Package:
    Design information is provided in good faith from Essential Energy records and the information
    provided by the applicant. Essential Energy does not warrant or accept liability for inaccuracies or
    incomplete information. The applicant must inform Essential Energy of any conflict with the
    information supplied as soon as it becomes evident during design or construction of the project.

    Level 3 ASPs are to ensure site inspections are undertaken and all information and documentation is correct prior to the submission of the design and subsequent construction by the Level 1 ASP. Completion of the Environmental Impact Assessment REF Worksheet (CEOF1070.02) for any project requires a declaration on page 18 to be completed acknowledging that, the person completing the document has visited the site prior to the commencement of the proposed works.

    Updates to DIP General Information section

    The Design Information Package template is currently being updated to provide information regarding third party attachments and additional advice for lots within a subdivision which may be further subdivided. Once these changes are finalised, they will be implemented into the general information section of all DIPs.

    Civil work for substation sites

    Padmount substation sites are a critical component of URD projects and site selection is a very important component of producing a compliant design. Padmount sites which will be impacted by civil works requirements need to be identified in the early stages of a project to ensure this does impact the delivery of the construction phase.

    Retaining walls which are required to support a cut or fill situation for a padmount substation need to be designed and certified by a civil engineer and this certification needs to be presented and endorsed by Essential Energy prior to the design submission. Retaining walls should not be constructed within the boundaries of the padmount substation easement.

    There have been a number of recent projects where retaining walls where required at the substation site and the required information has only presented after the original design submission. Identification of retaining walls on a construction plan needs to be detailed where they will have a direct impact on the electricity assets.

    Vegetation removal and identification

    Recent projects examples have highlighted the importance of the identification of existing vegetation on construction plans. Construction of padmount substation sites under trees or deviating from the correct cable alignment are the direct result of construction plans not reflecting the current site conditions.

    It is the Level 3 ASPs responsibility to ensure that the construction plan depicts the actual site conditions and what will also be constructed. Not identifying vegetation on plans which incur construction defects will require input from the Level 3 ASP which can have significant cost impacts to the project.
    Vegetation removal requires the development of a vegetation management plan in many cases and this should be presented along with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and part of the design submission.

    Design Information Applications (DIA)

    The accuracy and completeness of the Design Information Application (CEOF6010) Is important in ensuring that the Design Information Package can be developed and issued as efficiently as possible. In order to further streamline and eliminate delays the admin team have been filtering applications to ensure they are submitted fully completed and with the necessary attachments. The requirements were communicated across the latest ASP forums and the presentation from those forums can be accessed via this link: engage.essentialenergy.com.au/ASP.

    The accuracy and completeness of DIA submissions will be very important as we continue to improve processing efficiency and remove delays.

    Provision for large corner lots in a URD

    When preparing conceptual designs for subdivisions which contain large corner lots, there should be consideration given to the potential to further subdivide. If the intent to further subdivide larger lots is known at the development stage of the electricity requirements, it is acceptable to produce a design which allows for the infrastructure to be installed at either corner of the lots to facilitate a two-lot subdivision.

    To ensure new lots will be suitably serviced and future requirements met, as a minimum a single service point will be installed on larger corner lots with a provisional conduit installed to allow an additional connection point to be installed on the other lot boundary without the requirements for further trenching and excavation works.

    Enhancement Letters

    Notification to existing lot owners is extremely important to avoid unwanted delays to a project when it enters construction phase. This is a reminder that part of the process to notify land owners requires a site meeting, to provide effected people an opportunity to be consulted and subsequent to this an enhancement letter would generally be sent out. Enhancement letters should not refer to completion of the project on behalf of or for Essential Energy as a contractor. Letters should identify the scope of the works and the responsible Level 3 ASP with the addition of the Level 1 ASP details if available.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au


  • 2019 Underground Cables Seminar

    about 2 months ago
    Underground residential power distribution
    What is Happening?

    The Australian CIGRE Panel APB1, which deals with underground cables, has identified a general, industry-wide lack of underground cable systems experience and knowledge.

    To address this, the Panel is planning to organise a three-day information and education seminar in Sydney later this year.

    Discussions and presentations will cover all aspects of design, installation, maintenance, etc. of underground cable systems. At least one international expert will be attending as a guest speaker, and the seminar will also provide great networking opportunities.

    A daily fee will apply. The amount is yet to be decided, but the panel...

    What is Happening?

    The Australian CIGRE Panel APB1, which deals with underground cables, has identified a general, industry-wide lack of underground cable systems experience and knowledge.

    To address this, the Panel is planning to organise a three-day information and education seminar in Sydney later this year.

    Discussions and presentations will cover all aspects of design, installation, maintenance, etc. of underground cable systems. At least one international expert will be attending as a guest speaker, and the seminar will also provide great networking opportunities.

    A daily fee will apply. The amount is yet to be decided, but the panel is proposing to keep this to a minimum to encourage participation.

    The Panel is keen to gauge the level of interest ASP Level 1s and Level 3s have in attending this type of seminar. Also, since seminar details are still being decided, your feedback is welcome and can be emailed to Panel member Graeme Barnewell. For example, would you prefer two days, rather than three?
    Would you like to nominate specific topics to be covered?

    Additionally,

    What do you need to do?

    1. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    2. Please email your interest in attending, together with any feedback, to Graeme Barnwell at graeme.barnewall@essentialenergy.com.au.
  • Reminder - Price Schedule for Ancillary Network Services 2019-24

    about 2 months ago
    Aers draft aer ee 2019 2024

    Background

    Essential Energy recently received the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Final Distribution Determination for Ancillary Network Services covering the 2019-24 Regulatory Control Period (RCP). This determination regulates the pricing structure for Essential Energy to provide services to external customers.

    What does this mean for you?

    From 1 July 2019, Essential Energy will implement approved Ancillary Network Services as per the AER’s determination.

    To help you understand any changes in services and charges, we have developed supporting information and application guidelines by ASP level. These documents will be located on Essential Energy’s Document Library.

    Please note, however, that throughout the...


    Background

    Essential Energy recently received the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Final Distribution Determination for Ancillary Network Services covering the 2019-24 Regulatory Control Period (RCP). This determination regulates the pricing structure for Essential Energy to provide services to external customers.

    What does this mean for you?

    From 1 July 2019, Essential Energy will implement approved Ancillary Network Services as per the AER’s determination.

    To help you understand any changes in services and charges, we have developed supporting information and application guidelines by ASP level. These documents will be located on Essential Energy’s Document Library.

    Please note, however, that throughout the 2019-24 RCP, Essential Energy may introduce several new regulatory services in targeted areas, based on external feedback, statutory changes and to better reflect the way services are provided.

    Additionally, implementation of the AER’s determination by Essential Energy from 1 July 2019 will incur CPI and other cost increases each year until 30 June 2024. ASPs should review service and price changes when preparing quotations for future work.

    Where is information about the changes available?

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the Price Schedule for Ancillary Network Services 1 July 2019 and the ASP Change Overview located on Essential Energy’s Document Library and Essential Engagement
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Reduced staff availability for Contestable Works services

    2 months ago
    Training
    What is Happening?

    During the period from 17 June 2019 to 20 June 2019 contestable works designers and network assurance facilitators will have limited resources available as we are attending training.

    We appreciate your patience during this period. For any major issue during this period please contact David Wilson via email david.wilson@essentialenergy.com.au

    What do you need to do?

    • Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

    What is Happening?

    During the period from 17 June 2019 to 20 June 2019 contestable works designers and network assurance facilitators will have limited resources available as we are attending training.

    We appreciate your patience during this period. For any major issue during this period please contact David Wilson via email david.wilson@essentialenergy.com.au

    What do you need to do?

    • Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Safety Brief 855 – Porcelain Fuse Assemblies

    3 months ago
    Porcelainfuseassembly
    What is Happening?

    Essential Energy has been informed by Energy Queensland that asbestos containing materials have been found in some of the fuse carriers on their 45amp LV porcelain fuse assemblies. Initial investigations at Essential Energy show that we may have some of these fuse assemblies in our network which must be treated as containing bonded asbestos, until further testing can be done by Essential Energy.

    Safety Brief 855 - Porcelain Fuse Assemblies is being shared for your information and can be accessed from Essential Energy’s Document Library

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au
    ...

    What is Happening?

    Essential Energy has been informed by Energy Queensland that asbestos containing materials have been found in some of the fuse carriers on their 45amp LV porcelain fuse assemblies. Initial investigations at Essential Energy show that we may have some of these fuse assemblies in our network which must be treated as containing bonded asbestos, until further testing can be done by Essential Energy.

    Safety Brief 855 - Porcelain Fuse Assemblies is being shared for your information and can be accessed from Essential Energy’s Document Library

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au
  • Safety Alert – Suspension of high voltage live line work

    3 months ago
    Safetyalert
    Background - what happened?

    On 24 May 2019, a member of an Essential Energy crew undertaking high voltage live line work on a 22,000 volt powerline in Narromine is believed to have experienced an electric shock.
    The employee was transferred to hospital for assessment and monitoring, and subsequently released that afternoon.

    Essential Energy is investigating the circumstances that led to this incident.
    Until the contributing factors and causal pathways are understood, all high voltage live line work has been suspended within Essential Energy.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Contact your local representative if you have any high voltage...

    Background - what happened?

    On 24 May 2019, a member of an Essential Energy crew undertaking high voltage live line work on a 22,000 volt powerline in Narromine is believed to have experienced an electric shock.
    The employee was transferred to hospital for assessment and monitoring, and subsequently released that afternoon.

    Essential Energy is investigating the circumstances that led to this incident.
    Until the contributing factors and causal pathways are understood, all high voltage live line work has been suspended within Essential Energy.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Contact your local representative if you have any high voltage live line work currently scheduled for completion by Essential Energy.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Draft Price Schedule for Ancillary Network Services 2019-24

    3 months ago
    Aers draft aer ee 2019 2024

    Background

    Essential Energy recently received the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Final Distribution Determination for Ancillary Network Services covering the 2019-24 Regulatory Control Period (RCP). This determination regulates the pricing structure for Essential Energy to provide services to external customers.

    What does this mean for you?

    From 1 July 2019, Essential Energy will implement approved Ancillary Network Services as per the AER’s determination.

    To help you understand any changes in services and charges, we have developed supporting information and application guidelines by ASP level. These documents will be located on Essential Energy’s Document Library.

    Please note, however, that throughout the...


    Background

    Essential Energy recently received the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Final Distribution Determination for Ancillary Network Services covering the 2019-24 Regulatory Control Period (RCP). This determination regulates the pricing structure for Essential Energy to provide services to external customers.

    What does this mean for you?

    From 1 July 2019, Essential Energy will implement approved Ancillary Network Services as per the AER’s determination.

    To help you understand any changes in services and charges, we have developed supporting information and application guidelines by ASP level. These documents will be located on Essential Energy’s Document Library.

    Please note, however, that throughout the 2019-24 RCP, Essential Energy may introduce several new regulatory services in targeted areas, based on external feedback, statutory changes and to better reflect the way services are provided.

    Additionally, implementation of the AER’s determination by Essential Energy from 1 July 2019 will incur CPI and other cost increases each year until 30 June 2024. ASPs should review service and price changes when preparing quotations for future work.

    Where is information about the changes available?


    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the draft Price Schedule for Ancillary Network Services 1 July 2019 and the ASP Change Overview located on Essential Energy’s Document Library and Essential Engagement
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Safety Alert - Ausgrid Power Line Worker Fatality

    5 months ago
    Safetyalert
    What is Happening?

    On Tuesday 2 April, an Ausgrid power line worker, who was performing live low voltage maintenance work at Lane Cove in Sydney, received a serious electric shock. The work crew on site performed immediate first aid until medical help arrived and he was transported to hospital.
    It was with great sadness we were informed yesterday the employee had died from the injuries sustained.

    Effective immediately and until further notice temporary restrictions are in place for all live low voltage pole and / or low voltage cross arm replacements involving open wire exposed conductors.

    What do...

    What is Happening?

    On Tuesday 2 April, an Ausgrid power line worker, who was performing live low voltage maintenance work at Lane Cove in Sydney, received a serious electric shock. The work crew on site performed immediate first aid until medical help arrived and he was transported to hospital.
    It was with great sadness we were informed yesterday the employee had died from the injuries sustained.

    Effective immediately and until further notice temporary restrictions are in place for all live low voltage pole and / or low voltage cross arm replacements involving open wire exposed conductors.

    What do you need to do?

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au
  • Safety Brief SB-839 Nifty Lift Sub Frame Cracking

    5 months ago
    Niftliftnl170rktv3

    What is Happening?

    During recent major inspections Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP), manufacturer Nifty Lift identified cracking along the turret box/pedestal to subframe weld on two units. The units were not owned by Essential Energy but operated in a similar environment.

    The cracking had not been detected during routine inspections.

    On Monday 18 February the manufacturer issued advice that the turret box to subframe weld should be inspected as part of the quarterly inspections on NL170RKT and NL180RKT model MEWPs.

    The manufacturer also recommended that equipment owners conduct an out of cycle inspection, to ensure that no undetected cracking in...


    What is Happening?

    During recent major inspections Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP), manufacturer Nifty Lift identified cracking along the turret box/pedestal to subframe weld on two units. The units were not owned by Essential Energy but operated in a similar environment.

    The cracking had not been detected during routine inspections.

    On Monday 18 February the manufacturer issued advice that the turret box to subframe weld should be inspected as part of the quarterly inspections on NL170RKT and NL180RKT model MEWPs.

    The manufacturer also recommended that equipment owners conduct an out of cycle inspection, to ensure that no undetected cracking in this section has occurred.

    Safety Brief 839 - Nifty Lift Sub Frame Cracking is being shared for your information and can be accessed from Essential Energy’s Document Library

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au