PES-ICC Meetings

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Please Note: This is a only a listing of the presentations and

  • Opening Session
  • Mini-Expo Vendors
    • American Polywater. Visit us for solutions on mitigating manhole explosions. New wall sleeves and sleeve seals for vaults, manholes, and building entrances. Mechanical and chemical conduit seals stop gases, water, and rodents from causing outages. High performance cable pulling lubricants specifically formulated for underground transmission and distribution cable installations. Pull Planner 4.0 cable installation software computes ending tension, sidewall pressure and percentage of jamming that can occur on cable pulls. Precision cleaners for cable prep and terminations. Adhesives for joining HDPE and fiberglass conduits to PVC and rigid steel.
    • American Wire Group American Wire Group (AWG) is a leading material supplier, and holds the nation’s largest inventory, of wire, cables and accessories solutions for the power transmission, distribution, substation, solar, wind, battery energy storage and EV infrastructure markets.  Our team supports customers with full services including cable management, cable engineering and design, supply chain, emergency services and more.  For more information about AWG, please visit
    • Burns & McDonnell. Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of 10,000 engineers, construction and craft professionals, architects, and more to design and build our critical infrastructure.  Founded in 1898 and working from more than 60 offices globally, Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned.  As the North American representative to the CIGRE cable group dedicated to establishing cable testing and commissioning standards, and as active members of the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) working groups, we’re not just familiar with the latest standards — we’re working to establish them. We have invested in industry leading professionals in Underground & Submarine Cables and are working to drive impactful innovation in cable system implementation.
    • Cable Technology Laboratories is an ISO 17025 accredited independent Laboratory specializing in testing  of extruded, laminated, paper, and mineral insulated cables and their accessories in all voltage classes and designs. Our customer base spans through all segments of the industry, including research institutions, compound manufacturers, cable and accessory producers, contractors, Utilities, industrial users, etc.  Our scope of activities comprises R&D projects, qualification, type, and compliance tests, complaint investigations, forensic and failure analysis, evaluation of new test methods and techniques, etc.  We develop and support quality assurance programs tailored to our customers, including audit of manufacturing plants, witnessing of production tests, laboratory testing of representative samples, and so on.
      The tests are performed per AEIC, ICEA, ASTM, UL and other US standards, as well as per international (IEC) and foreign normative documents (Mexican, Canadian, Brazilian, and others).
      It has been our privilege in servicing the industry for the last 40 years
    • EJ is the leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of access solutions for underground water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide. Products include construction castings, gratings, fabricated metal and composite products.  Featured products are explosion mitigation/latched covers for directed release of pressure and easy/ergonomic installation and removal. A world class R&D department stands ready to assist you for custom applications. Learn more at
    • Elecnor Hawkeye is a respected leader in construction services.  Our Underground Transmission group specializes in the installation, repair and maintenance of UG high voltage cable,  including XLPE and HPFF. With state-of-the-art equipment, including cable pull winches up to 80k HPFF, Elecnor Hawkeye can handle any size job, in any location. The leadership team of the UG group has decades of experience and understands the importance of working safe and delivering quality workmanship to its customers. For further information visit their web site at
    • G&W Electric Company – Since 1905, G&W Electric Co. has been a leader worldwide in providing customs power solutions to the Electric power industry. G&W manufactures medium/high voltage electrical products and distribution automation services. Our product offerings include cable terminations, cable joints, load and fault interrupting switchgear, automatic circuit reclosers, SCADA and distribution automation products and high current limiting system protection devices. We help our customers meet their challenges and gain a competitive edge through a suite of advanced products and technical services.  Stop by our expo to see the PYTHON cable accessories featuring the mechanical shrink installation method. For more information on G&W visit
    • HIGHVOLT – HIGHVOLT produces high voltage AC, DC and Impulse Test Systems and specializes in Test Equipment for Power Transformers, Cables and all Electrical Apparatus with the highest levels of customer support and engineering excellence. Table Top presentations will include Cable Test solutions for Field and Factory High Voltage testing including details on Mobile High Voltage Resonant Test systems for HV Cables.
    • HV TECHNOLOGIES, Inc. (HVT), has many years of experience and dedication in serving the testing equipment needs for the power utility, power apparatus, and electronic equipment industries. Come by our booth to see how our range of high voltage VLF, VLF tan delta, and VLF partial discharge testing systems can assist you with your cable system performance optimization. We also carry a comprehensive portfolio of Cable Fault Location Systems, TDR, Cable Identification and Location, and AC/DC Hipot instruments. For those interested in Insulating Fluids Testing we have Dielectric and Dissipation Factor Instruments that are designed for lab and field use. HV TECHNOLOGIES, Inc., located in Manassas, Virginia, is a leading supplier of High Voltage and EMC Test Equipment and solutions.
    • ILJIN Electric USA, Inc Located in Houston, TX is a Korea-based power cable system manufacturer. We specialize in Extra High Voltage underground XLPE power cable system up to 400kV and deliver our solution to the US and international utilities. We also provide integrated service from engineering to construction as a general contractor. We strive to provide our every customer with best cable service and solution. Please visit our website at for more information.
    • Kepco
    • Kinectrics– Kinectrics’ established industry experts provide clients worldwide with comprehensive, independent life cycle management solutions in a broad range of technical disciplines across the energy sector. This includes engineering and testing services for Transmission and Distribution Technologies and Generation Plants (Nuclear, Fossil, Hydro and Wind). Our proven expertise includes on-site commissioning and maintenance testing for HV and MV underground cables, including established techniques such as AC Hi-Pot/Withstand, Partial Discharge, VLF Tangent Delta (Tan δ) and Dielectric Spectroscopy.  Kinectrics’ has a fleet of high-power 260kV Mobile Resonant Test Systems for HV transmission cable withstand AC Hi-Pot Testing, as well as numerous additional unique mobile test systems (including advanced diagnostics) for MV generation plant or distribution system cable aging management/condition assessment. Kinectrics also offers additional leading-edge capabilities for HV and MV cables including “one-stop” High Voltage / High Current lab facilities for qualification testing to international standards and custom cable R&D programs, forensic services including advanced material and chemical testing capabilities, and specialized consulting including advanced modeling/simulation capabilities. Kinectrics’ specialists in generation, transmission, distribution, and environmental technologies use innovative science and engineering to help clients improve business.
    • LIOS, A Luna company. LIOS is the global leader in the development and supply of state-of-the-art Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry based Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) monitoring systems. Building on an innovative development in the field of fiber optic sensor engineering, LIOS provides customized solutions in various markets for modern asset management and global condition monitoring. LIOS EN.SURE DTS monitoring system and RTTR (Real Time Thermal Rating) calculation engine enable utilities to locate precisely and before failure hot spots along transmission lines up to 70km single-ended, to optimize in a dynamic way power cable load and to ensure reliable power supply. With more than 4,000 installations worldwide, LIOS sets the benchmark in reliability (MTBF > 33-years) and track record in the Utility transmission & distribution power cable monitoring industry.
    • Lovink Enertech B.V.
    • LS Cable & System, headquartered in Anyang, South Korea was established in May 1962 and is a worldwide leader in high voltage, extra high voltage underground cables and Submarine Cable and has subsidiary companies throughout the world including 15 factories, 30 sales offices, and 3 R&D centers in 17 different countries. In 2006 LS Cable & System completed its first ever 345kV Turnkey Project in the U.S. and acquired Superior Essex in 2007 to expand its presence in the Americas. In April 2017, the LS Group acquired the Energy division from Superior Essex to create a subsidiary under the LS Cable & System umbrella. LS Cable & System U.S.A., Inc. is a leading U.S. manufacturer and supplier of energy wire and cable products serving the Commercial, Industrial, Renewable Energy and Utility markets. Our electrical product offering includes Low Voltage 300V and 600V instrumentation cables for control systems, audio, intercoms, energy management, and alarm controls; Low Voltage 600V control, power and VFD cables for your industrial or utility power or station control circuits; Medium Voltage 5kV through 46kV power cables for your primary power and distribution circuits and Photovoltaic Wire XLPE, Type PV, 600V and 2000V for the renewable solar market, all in full compliance to U.S. industry standards.
    • PFISTERER is a leading independent manufacturer of cable and overhead line accessories for sensitive interfaces in energy networks.  The Group is headquartered in Winterbach, near Stuttgart in southern Germany.  PFISTERER develops, produces and sells international successful solutions for 110 V to 850 kV voltage levels.  With its end-to-end range of products for application in energy networks, consulting, installation and training, the manufacturer is a valued partner to companies specializing in power supply, plant construction and electrified rail transport around the world.  PFISTERER operates production plants in Europe, South America and South Africa as well as sales offices in 18 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the USA
    • Phenix Technologies designs and manufactures electrical testing equipment for testing Cables, Transformers, Motors, Generators, Circuit Breakers, Reclosers, Insulation Materials, GIS/Switchgear, Utility Worker’s Rubber Goods/Protective Gear.  We have delivered test equipment to 110 countries and our Service and Calibration Department travels worldwide to assist customers during and after equipment installation.  Phenix Technologies 85,000 square-foot headquarters is located in Maryland, USA with additional offices located in Basel, Switzerland and Taipei, Taiwan; plus, a network of representatives are located across the U.S. and in more than 50 countries to support our customers.  Phenix Technologies offers a wide range of high voltage, high current, high power testing solutions, 40+ years of experience, and is ISO9001 quality compliant.  Visit us at our exhibit to discuss your testing requirements or visit to review our complete product line and capabilities.
    • Power Delivery Systems, Inc.
    • Prysmian Cables & Systems Prysmian Cables and Systems is the world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. The High Voltage Cables and Systems Group is headquartered in Lexington, SC with an EHV cable production facility in Abbeville, SC and construction offices located around the US and Canada. Employing a dedicated North American based team of engineers, installation technicians and testing specialists, Prysmian is a market leader providing vertically integrated turkey project solutions for the Utility, Renewable, and Petrochemical Industries.
    • Richards Manufacturing is located in Irvington, NJ.  Richards manufactures network protectors, connectors – compression, bolted, clamp style for both underground and overhead applications, and medium voltage cable accessories.  In recent years they have introduced medium voltage (15-35kV) cold shrink in-line splice kits with integrated capacitive test points and shear bolt connectors, cold shrink 600/900A hammerheads (deadbreak elbows), cold shrink disconnectable joint systems, and integrated elbow solutions.  These solutions can offer improved reliability, easier ergonomic installation, fewer components to assemble, fewer parts to inventory, and rugged long term performance.  Richards Manufacturing has been in business for more than 70 years.
    • Sumitomo Electric USA Inc.– subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries who owns J-Power Systems Corporation, is the Japanese leading manufacturing company of extra high voltage power cables and accessories. We are the leaders of the latest advance power transmission technology such as HVDC cable up to 500kV, HVAC underground/submarine cable up to 500kV,  and various advanced challenging installation technology such as XLPE cable installed in long distance HDD.
    • Taihan Electric USA Ltd., is the U.S. subsidiary of Taihan Electric Wire Co., Ltd, the first cable manufacturer in South Korea and one of the leading cable manufacturers in the world.  We manufacture various cables ranging from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage and Accessories.  Taihan Electric also provides EHV engineering solutions and installation services.  We will be showcasing various cable samples including our 500 kV XLPE Underground Cable. For more information please contact us at 562-946-8500 or visit us at
    • ULis a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions. UL certifies, validates, tests, verifies, inspects, audits, advises and educates. We provide the knowledge and expertise to help navigate growing complexities across the supply chain from compliance and regulatory issues to trade challenges and market access. UL works with a diverse array of stakeholders. We optimize the supply chain for manufacturers and provide them a broad range of services that support every stage of the product life cycle. Visit to learn more.
    • USi is an innovative, manufacturing and technical service company with over 40 years experience in technology development resulting in a wide range of products and custom solutions for underground transmission cable systems. Engineering Services span architect engineer design, forensics, soil thermal properties and ratings. USi pioneered and supplies real time rating, diagnostic and control hardware, sensors, communications and software for UG transmission cable systems. .We are a leading supplier of a complete range of standard and custom proprietary accessories for paper insulated and LPP laminar dielectric cables including joints, terminations and pressure maintenance and cooling equipment for Pipe Type and Self-Contained Fluid-Filled (SCFF/LPOF) cable systems to 345kV. Through our hvGrid-tech subsidiary we supply a full range of sheath bonding system components and cable clamps for solid dielectric (XLPE/ EPR) and SCFF/LPOF cable systems. Our mission is to be the partner of choice for the world’s electrical utilities providing innovative products and solutions for underground T&D operation, life extension, asset monitoring and condition assessment.
    • W.A. Chester, the industry-leading electrical contractor for the installation, maintenance and repair of underground high voltage pipe-type and solid dielectric cable transmission and distribution systems. Founded in the 1930’s, our clients include electric utility companies and independent power producers in the United States and Canada and we are one of three specialty contractors performing this type of work on a national basis. In addition to underground systems, W.A. Chester, L.L.C. has expanded its services to include installation, maintenance and repair of overhead electric distribution cable systems. For more information, please visit our website at
    • Walker US, Inc. A Utility Solutions Company. Walker US is an industry leading engineering and construction firm providing turnkey solutions for electric utilities and power producers. Our products and services focus on the design, manufacture, installation, maintenance and repair of underground transmission cable systems including pressurizing, circulating and cooling plants. Additionally, Walker offers custom communication and connectivity solutions for electric utilities’ critical infrastructure. Family owned and operated since 1970, Walker is proud to be a Woman Owned Small Business and WBE certificate holder. Please visit our website at to learn more about our team and capabilities.
    • Wilson Construction Co. specializes in electric utility construction from coast to coast.  We pride ourselves on being one of the few independently owned and managed firms that performs all facets of electric distribution and transmission construction projects. Our expertise includes all types of underground construction including voltages up to 345kV, overhead transmission lines to 500kV, distribution services, and substations and switchyards to 500kV.   At Wilson, safety comes before production. Our philosophy is built around our safety culture which strives for a zero-incident workplace to protect our most-valuable resource—our employees.   Wilson’s underground transmission team, with our pedigree in transmission cable installation dating back to the 1980s, has completed over 50 UGHV projects and is ready to tackle your project’s unique needs.
  • Subcommittee A – Cable Construction and Design
    • 8:00-8:30 PM Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 8:30-9:00 AM “Influence of the insulation screen and strip force on the wet ageing results of cables” by Detlef Wald, Eifelkabel. The presentation will deal with the influence of different strip forces on thermoplastic cables on the wet ageing results of these cables. We will present different formulations and different processing and have evaluated and related this to the water treeing behavior of these cables. By modifying the insulation screen we adapted the adhesion of this screen to the insulation. We kept the formulation for the insulation and the conductor screen constant and also the polymers in the insulation screen where kept the same. The cables were produced under the same condition. The water tree behavior was testing according to Cenelec HD 605, 500 Hz on 11 kV cables.
    • 9:10-9:40 AM “Routine Factory and Field QC Testing: Can We Do Better?” by Ben Lanz and Charles Shannon, IMCORP Edison Electric Institute (EEI) reports underground cable system performance is about nine times more reliable than overhead lines but from a life-cycle standpoint, even this failure rate is over ten times higher than necessary. North American utilities plan to significantly increase their underground investments to improve resiliency and some have expectations of 60 to 100-year life.  These resiliency and longevity goals will not be achieved unless industry specification and standards improvements are made. Tens of thousands a miles of shielded power cable are routinely tested at factories each year in North America. Using a comparable technique over a quarter of a million cable systems have been tested in the field and tens of thousands of cable systems have been monitored and over 8,000 dissections performed over the last two decades resulting in the following conclusions: Nearly 40% of newly installed systems have at least one substandard component (defect); Over 90% of cable failures are associated with anomalies existing at the time of installation; Over 90% of newly installed defects will last years if not decades before failure; An aged cable is 6 times more likely to fail again after the first fault; Many installers do not have the skills to identify defects during installation. The authors welcome industry colleagues to attend this presentation to consider and critique data, rationale, and specific recommendations on how cable owners can achieve over ten times higher reliability and cable manufacturers can reduce unjustified warranty claims by 95% simply by harmonizing and tightening QC test specifications.
    • 10:00 -10:15 AM BREAK
    • 10:20-10:50 AM “Protecting Secondary-Service Cables from ac Driven Corrosion” by James Steele, Nathan Laurie and Wayne Chatterton, Novinium. The injection of silicone-gel purges water from the conductor and forms a physical barrier against water intrusion and limits corrosion.  This presentation discloses results from laboratory-based studies performed which compare corrosion of standard 600V triplex cable with aluminum conductors and the same cable injected with a silicone-gel under extremely corrosive, field-like conditions.  The laboratory environment involves alternating current between triplex conductors with jacket breaks which are immersed in saltwater.  Measured by resistance, ampacity, and corrosion rate, the data reveal silicone-gel injection’s ability to restore and preserve the integrity of the triplex when applied in both reactive (jacket breaks exist prior to injection) and proactive (jacket breaks occur post injection) manners.  Further, the observed impact of parameters such as cable construction unbalanced loading on corrosion rate and cable lifetime will be discussed.   
    • 11:00-11:30 AM “Time to failure testing of submarine cables in saltwater at high temperatures and electrical stress” by Sverre Hvidsten, SINTEF. Installation of high voltage (66 kV) rather than medium voltage (36 kV) inter-array cables for bottom-fixed and future floating wind farms reduces the number of cable strings resulting in a significant overall cost benefit. New cost-effective high voltage subsea cable designs include so-called wet designs allowing water molecules to enter the HV cable insulation system during service. Time to failure (TTF) testing can provide data to empirically model the service lifetime of the cables at a lower service stress.  For high voltage cables, the needed electrical stress during TTF testing can be very high, and there are several challenges associated with testing. This includes premature breakdowns at the terminations, anomaly ageing at the water surface due to non-radial temperature and water diffusion gradients, and finally very high electrical stress in the insulation causing less relevant ageing. This presentation includes results from a TTF test set-up and test program to model HV cable cores soaked in salt water. A TTF test of model HV subsea cables using medium voltage XLPE cable cores was completed at a high stress of 30 kV/mm at the conductor screen and 70 °C in salt water”.
    • 12:00 PM Adjourn
  • Subcommittee B – Accessories
    • Connecting enameled conductors – the Front Way, Daniel Jaeger, Pfisterer.
    • The development of a gel filled dry type termination for transmission cable systems up to 230 kV, Rudy Bukovnik, Alex Eigner, TE Connectivity
    • Qualification of 138 kV transition joint between HPFF and extruded cable, Panos Tsakonas, Gary Neumann, USi
    • Lessons Learned from 250k Field Tests and 8k Root Cause Analyses,  Charles Shannon, Ben Lanz, Imcorp
    • Primary Bushing Failures on Con Edison Network Transformers, Liza Banhalmi Kramer and Tom Campbell – Consolidated Edison Company of New York
  • Subcommittee C – Cable Systems
    • Cathodic Protection Applications for Pipe-Type Cable Systems, by Clay Brelsford, Bass Engineering.
      This session establishes a technical basis for an understanding of corrosion while exploring the four (4) broad categories of corrosion control including the practice of applied electro-chemistry known as cathodic protection. Additional topics include a discussion of the unique challenges associated with utilizing cathodic protection as a corrosion control tool for pipe-type cable systems. Solutions are presented that clarify the design, ‘best practice’ installation, and ongoing maintenance procedures essential to establishing and maintaining a safe and effective corrosion control system for these critical assets.
    • Ampacity Considerations in Designing Long AC cable Lines with Reactive Compensation, by Dr. George J. Anders, aco Anders Consulting Ltd. and Mr. Remigiusz Joeck, PNE Group,
      Recent push for the renewable electrical energy sources has resulted in a significant increase in the installation of the on- and offshore wind farms. These farms become much bigger that their earlier counterparts and the generated power is much larger. This puts additional performance requirements on the export cables. Long cables are not only subjected to changing laying conditions along the route, including depth and soil variations, but also the loading patterns vary significantly over time. Additionally, applied reactive power compensation measures and the time-dependent grid situation change the distribution of the current along the route. These unique features of long power cables necessitate new type of approach to their design and construction optimization. This presentation introduces a new approach for ampacity calculations of long AC power cables. The approach is based on the adaptation of the ATP-EMTP software. The approach permits, for the first time, taking into account all the important parameters of the analysis simultaneously. Several numerical examples illustrate an application of the proposed methodology.
    • On-line Monitoring and Diagnosis Technologies for HVDC Cables, by Chaekyun (CK) Jung, KEPCO, South Korea
      Two outstanding diagnosis technologies regarding on-line fault location and partial discharge diagnosis for HVDC cable systems are recently developed by Korea Electric Power Cooperation (KEPCO). The various performance verifications were successfully completed in both model cables and full-scale systems, they’re currently being operated in the real HVDC systems. The theoretical concepts, functions and diagnosis tools including hardware and software would be discussed in this presentation.
    • Connecting the world’s Largest Offshore Windfarm, Hornsea 2, Underground and Submarine Cables, by Søren Krüger Olsen, Ørsted
      The Hornsea 2 wind farm has just been commissioned. The windfarm is at the moment the world’s largest with a capacity of 1386 MW capacity. The windfarm is connected with 66 kV 3-cores inter-array cables between the wind turbines and the offshore substation. The export cables to shore and on land are 220 kV cables. A reactor substation is in place between the offshore substation and the landfall.
    • Recent Dig-in on a Double Circuit 345kV XLPE Cable System by Frank Frentzas, ComEd/ Exelon. A double circuit 345kV XLPE cable system installed in 2008 and 2011 sharing a common duct bank were damaged by contractor digging in the area.  Repairs, Testing and the findings on the one circuit were surprising.
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables
    • Cables for Class I, Division 1 and Zone 1 Hazardous (Classified) Locations – Past, Present & Future, by Phil Laudicina,
      Marmon Electrical – RSCC.
      This presentation will describe the wiring methods permitted by the National Electrical Code for Class I, Division 1 and Zone 1 Hazardous locations prior to and the eventual inclusion of Types MC-HL, ITC-HL and TC-ER-HL. The main focus will be on how TC-ER-HL was added to the NEC in 2014 and the subsequent changes surrounding its restrictions up to the new 2023 NEC. 

      Phil Laudicina received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NY (now known as the NYU Tandon School of Engineering) in 1983 and has been an engineer in the electrical wire & cable industry since 1986. He started his career in wire and cable as an engineer for Underwriters Laboratories in Melville, NY where he conducted projects for evaluation of electrical cables for compliance with UL & industry standards, served on numerous UL standards writing committees for power cable, telecommunications cable, building wire and marine cable as well as IEEE standards committees for wire & cable and worked his way to the title of Sr. Staff Engineer.  After nearly 25 years with UL, Phil joined Nexans AmerCable as a senior technical sales engineer where he worked with EPCs to influence & develop specifications for electrical cables for upstream offshore oil & gas projects.  After 8 years with Nexans, Phil joined RSCC Wire & Cable in The Woodlands, TX where he currently serves as the Engineering Manager and Product Development Manager in their Oil & Gas/Industrial business segment. Phil continues to serve on numerous UL, CSA and IEEE wire and cable standards committees and is the current vice chairman of ICC Subcommittee D.
    • Medium Voltage Cable Replacement at Oconee Nuclear Station, Bert Spear, Duke Energy
      Abstract: Emergency power for Oconee Nuclear Station is provided by hydro-electric power via an underground power path. The original direct-buried underground power path is replaced by a underground concrete trench and duct bank system for improved cable installation environment and reliability
    • 50 Years of IEEE 383, Robert Konnik, Champlain Cable
      Abstract: IEEE 383 was first published in 1973.  I am the current Chairman, and we are working on a revision to IEEE which we hope will be published before its 50th anniversary.  This paper will review major updates from the previous version (IEEE 383-2015) as well as a look back on some of the major changes since the initial version (IEEE 383-1974).
      Bio: Robert Konnik is Vice President of Technology & Development for Champlain Cable where he is on the leadership team and oversees research and development activities.  Robert has 35 years of wire and cable experience in a variety of areas including Leading a Business, Heading R&D, Business Development, and Engineering.  Robert has an executive certificate from MIT in strategy and innovation. Robert is also an IEEE senior member and active participant, being the current secretary of NPEC, past chair of SC2, past chair of ICC Sub D, Chair of IEEE 383, Chair of IEEE 690, and Vice Chair of IEC/IEEE 60780-323 as well as member of the NPEC conformity assessment steering committee.
  • Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics
    • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM “A Multi-tool Approach to MV / HV Cable Testing: The only way to determine the true condition of a cable system,” Craig Goodwin, HV Diagnostics, Inc. Not unlike the medical diagnosis of a human being, where there is no single medical diagnostic or treatment that can determine all possible ailments in a patient, cable systems are also made up of multiple “body parts”. They are comprised of not only the cable itself with its multiple layers, but a whole host of various cable accessories. While it would be great if only one diagnostic test could detect all ailments, the reality is, if the only tool you have in your toolbox is a Phillips head screwdriver, you better hope all screws you come against in the field are also Phillips style heads. Unfortunately, you are bound to come up against a variety of other commonly available screw heads, rendering your tool useless. The presentation provides a short background to commonly used test methods and presents examples to illustrate where one test effectively detects an issue in a cable circuit, while other techniques simply do not. That’s not to imply in any way that these other tools are bad or useless. You will still need the Phillips head screwdriver in your toolbox, but don’t simply rely on one diagnostic tool, with the unrealistic belief that it will find all your of cable’s ills.
    • 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Time-Domain Reflectometry – Challenges and Solutions for Long Distance Cable Applications,” Daniel Götz, Megger.  TDR is a well-known and widely successfully used method for various of applications. It is mainly used for simple determination of cable length and positioning of impedance changes. Recent trend towards to remote offshore power generation or even interconnection links between countries require TDR application in distances of hundreds of kilometer. Dedicated smart techniques for improving SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) are needed to pass the challenges. The presentation will provide theoretical explanation and practical application examples.
    • 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Break
    • 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
    • From A to Z – Methods, Experiences, and Lessons Learnerd from the Installation of a Critical MV Power Cable System,” Jean Carlos Hernandez-Mejia, Georgia Tech NEETRAC, Joshua Perkel, EPRI, and Nigel Hampton, UL. This presentation will discuss methods and experiences with diagnostic testing and analyses to support the asset management of new critical MV power cable systems from the factory to commissioning. The definition of a critical MV power cable system will likely change from utility to utility; different specific cases may require unique parameters in order to define whether a power cable system is critical or not; however, there are common parameters that remain constant across utilities perspectives that will be discuss with the group. To complement the discussion, a case study will be presented to illustrate the application of the asset management strategies of new critical MV power cable systems. Specifically, the case study corresponds to a new power cable system that is considered de facto critical because it is a bay crossing in the USA with limited/restricted accessibility once it is put into service. Additionally, the cable system delivers electrical power to a high-profile tourist area with high impact on the local and State economy. The approaches that will be considered and discussed are: Cable system technology selection; Tests performed in the laboratory; Quality assurance tests; Tests performed in the factory; Verification of cable integrity after transportation; Commissioning; Future performance assessment; Important lessons learned from each of the items above will be presented to the group. The work that will be reported can be used as guidance by utility engineers to maintain reliable operation of their important new cable critical assets.
    • 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM “MV Power Cable Condition Assessment Using Frequency Domain Spectroscopy,” by Ali Naderian, METSCO Energy. Frequency domain spectroscopy (FDS) is relatively new diagnostic technique to evaluate the insulation of an MV XLPE cable system. FDS is the measurement of the dissipation factor (or tan δ) of the cable insulation over different frequency ranges. In the case of MV XLPE cables, the typical frequency range utilized is 0.01 Hz to 10 Hz which can go up to 1000 Hz.
      This presentation provides a summary of historical works and also proposes criteria for the condition assessment of MV XLPE cables using Frequency Domain Spectroscopy. A zone-based categorization of aging effects on MV XLPE cables has been developed over a wide frequency range. The results show that dielectric loss spectrum of an MV XLPE cable is affected by thermal aging, water treeing and the effect of joints.
      The categorization of tan δ measurements into zones would allow for interpreting FDS test measurements more accurately and discerning which frequency ranges are useful in identifying certain aging effects on MV XLPE cables.
    • 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM PD Measurements in Hybrid Electrical Assets: Power Electronics and DC Supply,” Gian Carlo Montanari, CAPS-Florida State University. Non-sinusoidal voltages in electrical assets propose new challenges: materials, life models, design, diagnostics. Practical approaches providing electrical diagnostic quantities to evaluate aging condition and likelihood of premature failure are not easily available and require specifications and standards, plus expert education. PD measurements are always an issue, due to noise, lack of reference patterns and voltage (for DC), and tools for the identification of the type of source. What do we need to develop?: Techniques for separation of signals belonging to noise and different PD sources, recognition of PD and noise, Identification of PD typology (harmfulness): this must be developed for DC and AC, being the basis for any diagnostic inference (note that transient DC generated PD as in AC); Diagnostic property trending, automatic alerting, Dynamic Health Index, residual life; All these features should become automatic and unsupervised, in order that there is no need of experts for diagnostics (but experts are fundamental to devise/implement maintenance actions). This presentation deals with problems, solutions, tips and tricks for PD measurements in electrical assets supplied by hybrid sources, focusing on DC voltage. An automatic, unsupervised PD detection approach is introduced.
    • 5:15 PM – 5:30 PM Closing Remarks
  • Subcommitee G – Transnational Luncheon – Tuesday (Registration Required)
    • Ampacity issues for a long AC cable line from Jasna Wind Farm in Poland by George Anders Consulting, Canada and Remigiusz Joeck Sevion, Poland. Abstract: Recent push for the renewable electrical energy sources has resulted in a significant increase in the installation of the on- and offshore wind farms. This presentation discusses new challenges faced by the designers and operators of long AC cable line in Poland with respect to the thermal and electrical issues related to the presence of the reactive compensation.
    • Prefabricated and reusable substation cable connections by Henk Geene, Prysmian Group, The Netherlands. Abstract: The Dutch TSO Tennet has decided to replace the majority of their 150kV substations over the coming 10 years. To allow for an uninterrupted power supply, the function of the old substation needs to be taken over by a temporary, mobile substation while the replacement plan is executed. To make this plan possible, temporary cable connections are needed to connect the mobile substation with the existing network. These cable connections are pre-connectorized cables that can be plugged in and out of the GIS and outdoor terminations and are suitable for multiple use. The presentation will focus on the preparation and use prefabricated temporary cable connections.
    • 154kV Retrofitting Project in S. Korea by Chun Won (C.W.) Lee, Taihan, USA. Abstract: This presentation introduces the 154kV retrofitting project, which was completed in S. Korea last July. The existing cable was an aging self-contained oil filled cable for more than 30years. We replaced this oil filled cable with a new XLPE cable system. To maximize cable ampacity, we designed a triplex cable. In case of Triplex cable, the reel size is very huge because it has to wrap 3 phases around one reel. However, the project site was a high-traffic area, so should block all traffic for the cable pulling. To solve this problem, we developed a new pulling machine and could implemented the cable pulling without blocking the traffic. In the presentation, we will provide more details of 154kV triplex cable design, new pulling machine, actual cable pulling processes with photos & drawings. 
    • Update on Technical Brochure, Installation of submarine power cables by Søren Krüger Olsen, Ørsted, Denmark. Abstract: An update of the contents and status of the CIGRE Technical Brochure (TB) will be provided. A CIGRE working group B1.65 has over the last 3 years written a guideline concerning installation of submarine cables. The guideline is intending to cover the entire life cycle of a submarine cable project – from project idea through consent and permitting aspects, engineering aspects, vessels/tool but also including aspect like operation and decommissioning. The focus of the work is the installation aspects themselves. The electrical and electrical requirements on cables are handled by other recommendations and standards. The TB has been accepted by CIGRE Study Committee B1. September 2022 the document is being considered by the overarching CIGRE organization for publishing later during 2022.
    • Testing experiences of XLPE and external gas pressure HV cables in the Netherlands by Daniel Götz, Robert Probst, Megger, Germany. Abstract: This contribution shows practical case study of Dutch power companies Qirion and Alliander of after-laying testing and maintenance testing of HV power cables by applying PD monitored damped AC voltage testing. In particular this presentation shows that applying non-destructive after- laying testing the repair of the cable circuit without causing real damage to the weak point is possible. 
    • Long connection between Lima’s substations in urbanized area by Marcin Kocik, Przemysław Krawczykowski, Tele-Fonika Kable, Poland. Abstract: In 2019 Tele-Fonika Kable was invited to take a part in project owned by Luz Del Sur. The project concerned connection between two stations near Lima in Peru i.e. Manchay – Pachacútec. Cable length hovered around 110 km. It was assumed that 1600 mm2 Milliken copper conductor should be used. Also it’s metallic screen should possess the ability to withstand short-circuit current equal to 40 kA / 0,5 s. The most challenging was the fact that the route forced to consider various laying variations. To make things worse, majority of the path is localized in the urbanized area. Combining above together lead to many detailed calculations e.g. induced voltages, pulling forces, bending radius and also specific drums. On the other hand detailed project data, detailed calculations, strong and practiced team, many trainings, more rigorous tests, Peru and worldwide market experience allowed Tele-Fonika Kable to successfully finalize the project.
    • Global Monitoring System (GMS) for Underground High-Voltage 380 kV Circuit in Europe by Julio Toko, LIOS/LUNA and Alfred Mendelsohn, Power Delivery Solutions/Doble, USA. Abstract: The presentation introduces and describes the implementation of a Global Monitoring System (GMS) for a utility in Europe. We define the Global Monitoring System (GMS) as a combination of multiple sensing systems in a single software platform. This project is one of a long series of the digitalization program of the utility’s grid. The project presented is a 6.6 Km (4.1 miles) underground single 380 kV circuit with 11 joints per phase (33 joints in total). For this project and circuit, the GMS was comprised of a fiber-optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) with RTTR and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) systems for the entire route of the circuit in combination with Permanent Partial Discharge Monitoring (PDM) and Screen Current Sensors (SCS) for each 33 joints. The successful project represents the future of underground HV cable monitoring.
    • Partial Discharge (PD), temperature (DTS/RTTR) and acoustic (DAS) monitoring of Eleclink HVDC interconnector – anticipate failures to minimize service disruption and impact on train circulation. by Diego La Cascia, Giuseppe Fiscelli, Alessandro Pistonesi, Landry Molimbi, Prysmian Electronics, Italy. Abstract: In this contribution the features of an asset management monitoring system, fully conceived, designed, built and installed for the 54 km long Eleclink interconnector between Folkestone (UK) and Coquelles (FR) will be presented. The Eleclink is a unique interconnector, being the first in HVDC, laid in air in a railway tunnel and in close proximity to the running trains. The Partial Discharge (PD), Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS), Real Time Thermal Rating (RTTR) and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) monitoring system have been mounted along the UK/FR HVDC link and along the 14 km long HVAC power system between Folkestone and Sellindge in UK. In this HVAC link, the asset monitoring system is able to control not only the above-mentioned parameters but also the status of the Sheath Voltage Limiter (SVL), the sheath currents and the earth currents along the circuit”.
    • Upcoming international meetings 2022 / 2023by Ed Gulski
  • Networking Luncheon – Monday (Registration Required)
    • Overcoming the Inherent Challenges of Managing Cable, Jason Zielke, Wirepulse
    • Sequence impedance measurement for high voltage underground cables, Dr. Jim Guo, UL
    • Ongoing research to improve our ability to avoid manhole events, Joshua Perkel, EPRI
  • Educational Program – “Offshore Wind Application of Submarine Power Cable”-  Wednesday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    • As of 2022, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management within the US Department of the Interior has leased 27 commercial offshore wind farm areas along the eastern seaboard of the US, with additional sites planned. The goal is to supply 30 GW of offshore wind power to the mainland grid by 2030. The connections from turbines to grid will be using submarine cables.
    • Offshore wind farms have been in service in Europe for over 30 years, but until now only 7 offshore wind turbines (0.042 GW) are in service within the US. This educational session will cover the basics of both AC and DC high voltage submarine cables that will be used to connect the wind farms to the mainland grid. Experienced panelists from manufacturing, installation, and wind farm developers will share their knowledge of submarine cable systems applicable to offshore wind farms. A Q&A session with our panelists will be included.