Level 3 ASPs

Level 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub-Transmission network assets. If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

Important Document Links:

Contestable Design Team

Northern Region – Drew Bugden P: 07 5506 3838 (Graham Foxwell, Dan Sherwin, Craig McElroy, Cleveland Maltman, David Smith, Steve Cuningham, Martin Tanner)

Central Region – Michael Wilson M: 0488 175 560 (Paul Turley, Cameron Woo, Jason Boundy, Jeena Joseph)

Southern Region – Tom Bollard M: 02 6589 8496 (Micheal Parris, Chris Gorham, Jeremy Bryce, Wayne Armour, Luke Horton)

Complex Team

Level 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub-Transmission network assets. If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

Important Document Links:

Contestable Design Team

Northern Region – Drew Bugden P: 07 5506 3838 (Graham Foxwell, Dan Sherwin, Craig McElroy, Cleveland Maltman, David Smith, Steve Cuningham, Martin Tanner)

Central Region – Michael Wilson M: 0488 175 560 (Paul Turley, Cameron Woo, Jason Boundy, Jeena Joseph)

Southern Region – Tom Bollard M: 02 6589 8496 (Micheal Parris, Chris Gorham, Jeremy Bryce, Wayne Armour, Luke Horton)

Complex Team – David Shawcross M: 0437 558 903 (Paul Elston, Troy Dent, Justin Evans, Ben Dalgarno Fixter, Ben Saxon)

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    Regulatory compliance for LV Services within the Queensland franchise area

    What is Happening?

    A recent Queensland Electrical Safety Office audit has found that support fixtures for LV services installed on customer premises have not been earthed appropriately and in accordance with Queensland Electrical Safety Regulation 2013-Reg 212.

    This Regulation requires that all LV service installations in the Queensland franchise area – including new installations and those installed in fault and emergency situations – must comply with clauses (2), (3) and (4) noted below. This includes a requirement to earth support fixtures, such as metallic pins, eye bolts or similar fixtures.

    ELECTRICAL SAFETY REGULATION 2013 - REG 212

    Termination of low voltage overhead service line.

    212 Termination of low voltage overhead service line.

    (1) An electricity entity must ensure a low voltage overhead service line is—

    (a) secured to a consumer’s premises, including poles on the premises; and

    (b) insulated continuously; and

    (c) not readily accessible to persons.

    (2) An electricity entity must ensure a metallic pin, eye bolt or other similar fixture installed by or for it on a consumer’s premises to support an active conductor of a low voltage overhead service line is effectively earthed.

    (3) The earthing must be by direct connection to the neutral conductor of the service line, at the point of support, by a conductor having an appropriate cross-sectional area.

    (4) Earthing under subsections (2) and (3) is not required if—

    (a) the low voltage overhead service line is a neutral screened cable, and the service fuse is mounted on the electricity entity’s pole; or

    (b) no part of the metallic pin, eye bolt or other similar fixture, or of a metal bracket or riser supporting it, is within 25mm of other metal work on a building, pole, or other structure.

    More information on Queensland Electrical Safety Regulations.

    Please help us comply

    Essential Energy staff typically complete new and like for like service replacements on the Essential Energy network extending into the Queensland franchise area.

    The Queensland Electrical Safety Regulation 2013-Reg212 requires that the electricity entity must ensure low voltage service lines comply with the regulation as such all new and like for like replacements will not be completed unless the regulation is complied with.

    Contractors must ensure the requirements of the regulation are complied with before Essential Energy staff attend to carry out new and like for like replacements.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Share this information will your team members.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

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

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    Review of Environmental Factors worksheet update

    What is Happening?

    Recently there were changes made to legislation which has impacted Essential Energy’s Review of Environmental Factors worksheet CEOF1070.02. The Infrastructure SEPP has been repealed and replaced with the Transport and Infrastructure SEPP 2021. Other minor changes include some government agency names (RMS updated to Transport for NSW, DPIE updated to DPE, DoEE to DAWE),

    The new Transport and Infrastructure SEPP will need to be referenced at item 1.9 as follows (rather than the old Infrastructure SEPP clause, as would previously have been referenced):

    “The proposed activity is permissible without consent under clause 2.44 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Transport and Infrastructure) 2021 (T&I SEPP).”

    In addition, any reference to the old Infrastructure SEPP at item 2.1 (Notification requirements) will need to be updated to reference the Transport and Infrastructure SEPP instead.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the above information above
    2. Download a copy of CEOM1070.02 – Issue 7 from the Document Library and start using the new worksheet.
    3. Inflight projects that have not been submitted should be converted to the new issue 7 version of the worksheet. There is no requirement to update the worksheet version for projects that have already been submitted for certification.
    4. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    5. View this communication via Essential Engagement

    Further Information

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

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    New Notice of Arrangement Forms CEOF6016a & CEOF6016b

    What is Happening?

    We’ve updated our CEOF6016a and CEOF6016b Notice of Arrangement forms to improve data collection and streamline application processing. These forms are now live on the Document Library.

    As an interim measure while we’re enhancing the new Essential Connections Portal, please continue to submit these Notice of Arrangement applications as PDF attachments via our Contestable Works inbox.

    What form do you use?

    Project scenario

    Form

    Conditions

    A subdivision where power is available – no augmentation required.

    CEOF6016a

    • Power must be available for a Level 2 to connect.
    • All documentation is attached to the email along with the completed form.

    A construction project has been completed and Essential Energy has issued the Certificate of Practical Completion.

    CEOF6016a

    • All easements and defect works need to be completed.
    • All documentation is attached to the email along with the completed form.

    A construction project meets the Early Notice of Arrangement criteria (see below).

    CEOF6016b

    • All criteria for early notice of arrangement are confirmed.
    • An inspection has been completed by our Network Assurance Facilitator.
    • Easements or deeds are in place.
    • A bank guarantee has been provided for the full construction cost.
    • All documentation is attached to the email along with the completed form.

    Early Notice of Arrangement eligibility

    To be eligible for an Early Notice of Arrangement, you must meet Essential Energy’s criteria:

    • More than 80% of works are complete.
    • All underground cables and conduits are installed.
    • All Easements or Deeds are executed.
    • A bank guarantee for the total amount of the Level 1 ASP construction works has been received by Essential Energy.
    • An inspection has been undertaken by the Network Assurance Facilitator.

    Application submission

    Please email your Notice of Arrangement applications to contestableworks@essentialenergy.com.au for assessment, ensuring you attach all required documents in the email. If applications meet our criteria, our Contestable Design team will issue the Notice of Arrangement and bill fees.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the above and start using the updated forms.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View this communication via Essential Engagement at Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

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

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    Christmas and New Year Planned Outages and Contestable Works 2022/23

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    What is Happening?

    To minimise the disruption to customers during the Christmas / New Year period, no planned interruptions with a customer impact will be scheduled from 19th December 2022 to 2nd January 2023.  

    Also, Contestable Works will be closed during the same period with business resuming as normal from 3rd January 2023. 

    Minimal processing of emails/documentation or Asset Labels will occur from Contestable Works mailbox during the above-mentioned period.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review your planned interruption schedule for the dates above and work with your nominated Local Depot Switching Resource to reschedule where required.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

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

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    ASP Update: Essential Connections Weekly Update 3rd November 2022

    Essential Connections Weekly Update 3rd November 2022

    Projects with 2 applications and therefore 2 Essential Connections Numbers (ECNs)

    It has come to our attention that some projects in Essential Connections have 2 application cases and 2 ECNs. This only applies to some cases which were raised in the old portal and migrated across to Essential Connections, requiring the creation of ‘dummy’ applications for all design jobs to flow through the new portal.

    There are two different scenarios:

    • A Connection Application was created in Essential Connections after Drop 1 (June 2022) and a DIA was requested in the old design portal prior to Drop 2 – in this scenario, the original Connection Application and the ‘dummy’ application both exist within Essential Connections, each with their own ECN; or
    • A DIA was requested in the old design portal that has not yet had a Connection Application processed – in this case, when the Connection Application is applied for it will generate its own ECN (with the DIA already having a different ‘dummy’ application and ECN created during the migration process).

    If you find you have a project in either scenario, please:

    • Use the DIA ECN and related ‘dummy’ application case number for your design requests (easements, non-standard approvals, asset labels).
    • If you need to obtain a connection offer prior to Design Submission, add a note into the collaboration section of the design submission case by creating a post, and entering the new Connection Application case number and ECN. The Design and Certification Officer will then ‘link’ the two ECNs together within the system for future reference. You will not see this linking in the external portal.

    Important changes to the standard construction schedule & earthing verification process

    As you know, changes to the standard construction schedule will be taking effect soon. Whilst the target date for these changes to occur was initially the 21st of November 2022, we are exploring options to delay these changes to minimise any impact to you and your colleagues. You will be advised once we have a confirmed date.

    More information on the changes was covered in yesterday’s drop-in session along with upcoming changes to the earthing verification process. For anyone who was unable to attend or would like to refer back to it, a link to the recording will soon be made available to you.

    Need help?

    A registered user guide has been published on our Essential Connections Support to help you navigate the new design portal. Note: If the latest version (October 2022) doesn’t appear, select the CTRL+F5 keys together to refresh the guide.

    Our last support session will be held next week to answer any questions you may have. An FAQ document will then be made available to you to assist with any questions and concerns offline.

    Session Details

    Associated link

    Essential Connection Design Go Live Support Session

    9th November 2022 8:30AM – 9:30AM (AESDT)

    Register Here

    For design specific training, click on the recording to access the Level 3 ASP design training Recording.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Access our Essential Connections Support to view our registered user guide.
    2. Sign up to the above session to have your questions answered live.
    3. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.


    Further Information

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

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    Essential Energy Standards Forum

    Hi All,

    We are reintroducing the Standards Reference Forums which were last held in 2021 to promote engagement and consultation for development and implementation of design and construction standards.

    We are engaging in a spirit of openness and transparency to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and improvements across the scope of design and construction standards.

    The Standards Reference Forums scope does not include Contestable Design and Certification, Connections, Outage Management, Authorisations and Electrical Safety Office queries.

    The forum will be chaired and facilitated by Manager Network Assurance with support from Manager Engineering Overhead, and Manager Engineering Underground.

    Topics included at this forum include Overhead and Underground Standards and streetlights updates.

    Your invited.

    • Date: Thursday the 10th of November 2022.
    • Time: 10:00am - 12:00 Midday.

    what do i need to do?

    • Register in advance to attend by clicking on this Register Here.
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    • Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    • View this communication via Essential Engagement.

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    Essential Energy Standards Forum

    Hi All,

    We are reintroducing the Standards Reference Forums which were last held in 2021 to promote engagement and consultation for development and implementation of design and construction standards.

    We are engaging in a spirit of openness and transparency to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and improvements across the scope of design and construction standards.

    The Standards Reference Forums scope does not include Contestable Design and Certification, Connections, Outage Management, Authorisations and Electrical Safety Office queries.

    The forum will be chaired and facilitated by Manager Network Assurance with support from Manager Engineering Overhead, and Manager Engineering Underground.

    Topics included at this forum include Overhead and Underground Standards and streetlights updates.

    Your invited.

    • Date: Thursday the 10th of November 2022.
    • Time: 10:00am - 12:00 Midday.

    what do i need to do?

    • Register in advance to attend by clicking on this Register Here.
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    • Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    • View this communication via Essential Engagement.

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    Essential Connections: Changes to the Standard Construction Schedule

    Important Changes to the Standard Construction Schedule.

    As you are aware, Essential Energy is streamlining its customer experience and introducing the Essential Connections Portal powered by Salesforce. It will provide a seamless end-to-end connections process to deliver a great connection experience for our people, partners and customers.

    As previously communicated, we are updating our Design Submission standards in parallel to help streamline the certification process, enhance design submission quality and automate activities downstream.

    These important changes will be implemented from 21st November 2022.

    What does this mean for me?

    To support our updated design standards, we have created a Microsoft Excel template file to standardise design construction schedules. The structure of this template is similar to our existing formatting requirements, with two additional columns – Status and Asset Type. Our Design Submission policy CEOM7001 will be updated to reflect this new format soon.


    The Status and Asset type will auto populate from the Standard Drawing Number where possible, or users can select from dropdown menus.

    We have also made it easy to convert the construction schedule in the template to a visually suitable format for inclusion on a construction plan with an ‘Export to Construction Plan’ button within the template.

    Construction Schedule example as presented on a Construction Plan.


    What if I am a Neara user?

    Neara users will be able to import Neara CSV output files directly into the template where they will be automatically converted into the required format for submission.

    Neara users can also use our tool to convert Neara output into a visually suitable format for construction plans.

    What are the key dates for these changes?

    The key dates for these changes are:

    • 2nd November 2022 – New standard construction schedule format excel file available to all Level 3 ASPs on Essential Energy Website. There is a clean template file and a worked example file available.
    • 2nd November 2022 – ASP Drop-In session to walk-through new standard construction schedule format and answer any questions.
    • 18th November 2022 – updated ‘CEOM7001: Network Mains Design - Construction Drawing Requirements’ published outlining need for the submission of the new standard construction schedule format with all designs for certification.
    • 21st November 2022 – new standard construction schedule format mandatory with all new design submissions.

    Where can I find out more?

    We will provide more information in the ASP Drop-In session currently scheduled for 2nd November 8:30am-9:30am.

    Add the meeting to your diary and access it via Register Here.

    Further Information

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

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    How to update your Neara reports.

    New foundation checks

    You will notice from Monday 24th October 2022 two new reports will have been added to the automated Strength Validation reports in Neara. These extra reports have been added following requests from both our internal certifiers and designers, and ASPs.

    The two new reports are:

    • EE Pole Foundation Rotational Check report.
    • EE Pole Foundation Vertical Bearing report.

    To see these updated reports:

    • Click on a pole in Neara.
    • Click on the Foundation tab in the Properties panel.
    • Select or create an appropriate soil type.
    • Click on the Strength Validation tab and review the Foundation reports.

    An updated foundation guide with full details is attached. You can also find this guide at Essential Engagement.

    The guideline for Essential Energy’s Automated Checks in Neara has also been updated to accommodate these two new reports see pages 28 to 33. You can find this guide on Essential Engagement.

    The Link below is of two short 2-minute recordings of how to update reports and workspace.

    Click here to watch the Recording.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me or the Digital Asset Management team at dam@essentialenergy.com.au if you have any queries.

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    ASP Update: Essential Connections Weekly Update 26th October 2022

    Essential Connections Weekly Update 26th October 2022

    The new design portal went live on Monday 24th October 2022, allowing new design applications to be submitted via the Essential Connections portal.

    Data migration activities in relation to existing design applications and submissions are almost complete and most files related to design cases should be available from today.

    Large files may take until the end of the week to come through the new system. If you need access to any missing files urgently, please email: contestableworks@essentialenergy.com.au and provide the relevant reference details for Essential Energy to manually attach the files to the new system.

    Process for re-certifications

    We have had a couple of queries around the process to follow for recertifications.

    If the design for your project was certified via the Contestable Works process, you will need to follow the Contestable Works process for recertification.

    If the design for your project was certified in the Design Portal (ST projects) or in the Essential Connections portal, you will need to complete the recertification in Essential Connections.

    If you need to do a recertification of a design in Essential Connections on a migrated design case, you may find that you error messages on your screen. In this instance, check the compliance checkboxes in the same way you do for a new design submission (follow the external user guide for design submission). This won’t be required where you do a recertification on a design certified in the new portal.

    Need help?

    A registered user guide has been published on our Essential Connections Support portal, to help you navigate the new design portal. The guide contains information on how to log in, submit requests in the new portal and where to go for additional support so please use this as your first point of contact, along with the below support sessions. Note: If the latest version (October 2022) doesn’t appear, hit the ctrl key + F5 to refresh the guide. Please find a link to the Level 3 ASP Design Training Recording.

    Our support sessions continue, with many great questions received so far, so please join one of our upcoming sessions to have your questions addressed live.

    Session Details

    Associated links

    Essential Connection Design Go Live Support Session

    25th October 2022 9:00AM – 10:00AM (AESDT)

    Recording

    Essential Connection Design Go Live Support Session

    26th October 2022 8:30AM – 9:30AM (AESDT)

    Recording

    Additional session added!

    Essential Connection Design Go Live Support Session

    1st November 2022 8:30AM – 9:30AM (AESDT)

    Register Here

    Essential Connection Design Go Live Support Session

    2nd November 2022 8:30AM – 9:30AM (AESDT)

    Register Here

    Essential Connection Design Go Live Support Session

    9th November 2022 8:30AM – 9:30AM (AESDT)

    Register Here

    What do you need to do?

    1. Access our Essential Connections Support to view our registered user guide.
    2. Sign up to one of the above sessions to have your questions answered live.
    3. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    4. View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

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

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