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Safety performance report released

ESV has released its fourth annual report into the safety performance of Victoria's major electricity companies.

Click HERE to read it. 

Warning about unapproved electrical devices

ESV is reminding Victorians never to buy or use unapproved electrical chargers or devices following the recent death of a New South Wales woman. The woman was electrocuted while charging her laptop with an unapproved and non-compliant USB charger. Ensure that every electrical device or appliance you buy is approved and carries the tick symbol. Click HERE for further information.  

ESV releases interim report into Morwell Terminal Station incident 4 April 2014

ESV has released its interim report into the electrical fault at the Morwell Terminal Station on 4 April that led to a dramatic flashover and loss of supply to 80,000 customers in Gippsland.

The investigation has found that the incident was the result of a short-circuit on one phase of a 66kV powerline and that two protection systems that are designed to stop the flow of electricity in the event of a fault failed to operate. The network’s primary protection system did not operate due to an incorrect relay setting while the secondary system failed due to a faulty component.  The circumstances of the two failures are still to be determined. No link was found between the fault and the recent fire at the Hazelwood Mine.

CLICK HERE to read the interim report.CLICK HERE to read the press release.

AS/NZS5601.1:2013 and AS/NZS5601.2:2013 adopted in Victoria from 31 March

ESV wishes to advise that AS/NZS5601.1:2013 and AS/NZS5601.2:2013 were adopted in Victoria from 31 March 2014. AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 Gas Installations - General Installations and AS/NZS 5601.2:2013 Gas Installations - LP Gas Installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes were published by Standards Australia on 16 September 2013. 
There are a number of significant changes between the previously adopted AS5601:2004 and the 2013 edition. CLICK HERE for more information.

ESV/VBA Information Sessions 2014

ESV and the VBA held information sessions for plumbers and gasfitters in February and March this year to explain the changes to the gas installation standards. A copy of the presentation made at those sessions can be viewed HERE.

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