Technical Standards

The SA Power Networks Technical Standards documents provide requirements for:

  • design and construction of overhead and underground distribution lines; and
  • design and construction of telecommunication facilities.

These Technical Standards apply to all equipment to be connected to the SA Power Networks LV and HV distribution network and third party telecommunication facilities attached to SA Power Networks assets. They also detail the obligations of customers when selecting electrical equipment and requirements for ongoing maintenance.

The Technical Standards are for use by SA Power Networks employees, engineers, building work contractors, licensed electrical contractors and registered electrical workers who are directly engaged in activities associated with construction of new distribution lines to be connected to the SA Power Networks distribution network. The telecommunications Technical Standard is for use by our employees, third party telecommunications companies and designers who are engaged in telecommunications activities associated with the use of SA Power Networks distribution network.

These Technical Standards also contain information that may be useful for consultants, architects, SA Power Networks customers and the general public.

Technical Standards
Adobe PDF DocumentGuidelines for SA Power Networks Crossings of the Electrified DTEI Railway Network (1627 KB)
  Guidelines for SA Power Networks Crossings of the Electrified DTEI Railway Network
Adobe PDF DocumentTS085 Trenching and Conduit Standard for Underground Distribution Cable Networks (3493 KB)
  Trench/Conduit Standard for underground Cable Network.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS087 Construction Standard U/ground Cable Networks (1188 KB)
  Construction Standard for underground Cable Networks.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS100 Electrical Design Standard for Underground Distribution Cable Networks (2767 KB)
  Electrical design standard for underground cable networks.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS101 Public lighting standard for overhead and underground networks. (1613 KB)
  Public lighting standard for overhead and underground networks.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS102 Easement Standard Distribution Networks (1682 KB)
  Easement Standard for Distribution Networks.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS105 Appendix A – (Forms) for Underground & Overhead Networks (1350 KB)
  Appendix A to Test Standard for underground Cable Networks.(TS105 Test Standard Appendix A – Forms)
Adobe PDF DocumentTS105 Test Standard U/Ground Cable Networks (14607 KB)
  Test Standard for underground Cable Networks.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS107 O/head Line Design Standard, Transmission & Distribution System (2437 KB)
  Overhead line design standard for transmission and distribution systems.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS107a O/head Line Design Standard Appendices (1059 KB)
  Overhead Line Design Standard Appendices.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS108 Technical Standard for Distribution Equipment and Transformer Rooms (1194 KB)
  This Technical Standard specifies the standard distribution equipment and transformer room's location, land tenure, access, construction and provision of permanent supply requirements for a new or upgraded installation that will be a component of SA Power Networks distribution network.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS109 Earthing of the Distribution Network (1670 KB)
  This technical standard describes SA Power Networks general earthing requirements. It provides guidance to all personnel involved in the planning, design, selection, installation and/or testing of permanent earths associated with high voltage (HV) and low voltage (LV) installations on the SA Power Networks electricity distribution network. This technical standard is also applicable to electricity supply installed to provide a service point for the connection of a customer from existing low voltage mains.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS110 Cable Standard for 66kV Underground Cable (1233 KB)
  This standard details the design, manufacturing, delivery, jointing, terminating and commissioning requirements for 66kV underground cables.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS116 - Installation of CCTV Equipment on SA Power Networks' Poles & Lighting Columns (1339 KB)
  TS116 - Technical standard for the installation of CCTV Equipment on SA Power Networks' Poles & Lighting Columns.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS130 Large solar PV up to 200kW (1446 KB)
  TS130 Large solar PV up to 200kW
Adobe PDF DocumentTS131 Large solar PV above 200kW or rotating generating systems (2803 KB)
  TS131 Large solar PV above 200kW or rotating generating systems
Adobe PDF DocumentTS201 Technical Standard for Telecommunications Systems (2630 KB)
  This standard details SA Power Networks' requirements for the design and construction of telecommunication facilities, including third party facilities, that are to be installed on the SA Power Networks distribution network.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS317 Substation Design – Indoor and outdoor lighting standard (1486 KB)
  TS317 Substation Design – Indoor and outdoor lighting standard
Adobe PDF DocumentTS318 Substation Building – Emergency indoor lighting standard (1189 KB)
  TS318 Substation Building – Emergency indoor lighting standard