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Morwell Terminal Station incident 4 April 2014 

ESV has launched an investigation into the serious events at and around the Morwell Terminal Station on Friday 4 April. A team of specialist electrical engineers and investigators have visited the site and are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the event.

The preliminary results of that investigation have not shown a causal link between the asset failure and ash, dust or other contaminants on the insulators.

The Director of Energy Safety, Paul Fearon, said ESV expects to be able to release preliminary results of its investigation by the middle of May with a final report later this year.

Mr Fearon said it was standard practice for ESV to undertake a review of the circumstances surrounding events such as this to determine, among other things, conformity with the approved Electricity Safety Management Schemes relevant to the network businesses involved.

Mr Fearon said once the investigation was complete ESV would take enforcement action if it was deemed appropriate.

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.

Product recall for PVPower-branded DC isolators

ESV wants to alert electrical inspectors to a product recall that has been issued for PVPower-branded DC isolators. The affected models were sold through electrical wholesalers or direct to solar contractors/installers between August 2012 and August 2013.

The product has an internal fault where a high resistant connection may form and there is a risk that the DC isolator may overheat and could cause fires. Electrical contractors, installers or consumers should shutdown the PV system and arrange for the DC isolators to be replaced.

For details of the replacement program, contact DKSH on 1800 006 137 or visit the website at www.dksh.com.au/recall or email recall.au@dksh.com.  

Further details are available here.

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