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The Victorian Electrolysis Committee (VEC)

The Victorian Electrolysis Committee (VEC) consists of eight members representing:

  • Energy Safe Victoria
  • Train operators
  • Tram operators
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Telecommunications, and
  • the Oil industries

The Minister appoints the members of the VEC for a period not exceeding three years. One member is appointed by the minister as chairperson.

Part 9 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 (the Act) establishes the Victorian Electrolysis Committee (VEC), and under section 92 of the Act the functions of the VEC are to:

  • Establish and maintain standards for systems for cathodic protection and for the mitigation of stray current corrosion; and
  • Provide advice to Energy Safe Victoria, on any matter related to electrolysis and the regulations relating to cathodic protection and to the mitigation of stray current corrosion, when requested to do so by Energy Safe Victoria; and
  • Encourage the development of new methods and technology to increase the efficiency of systems for the mitigation of stray current corrosion.

Part 9 of the Act also contains provisions relating to Cathodic Protection Systems, Mitigation Systems and the constitution of the Victorian Electrolysis Committee.

ESV’s role in electrolysis mitigation

ESV’s Electrolysis Mitigation team is responsible for ensuring compliance with the above legislative requirements through its performance of the following activities:

  • Coordinating area tests to determine to extent of stray current issues within a traction substation area and determining recommendations in an attempt to minimise the effects of stray current corrosion
  • Routine testing of stray current mitigation equipment
  • Commissioning of new stray current mitigation equipment
  • Maintenance of stray current mitigation records
  • Approval, registration and auditing of cathodic protection systems
  • Assisting industry stakeholders with testing as required
  • Special electrolysis investigations as required

More about electrolysis mitigation and cathodic protection systems

For more detailed information about electrolysis mitigation and cathodic protection systems, click here.