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  • Opening Session
  • Mini-Expo Vendor
    • American Wire Group
    • 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 independent ISO 17025/ANCE/CSA accredited Laboratory specializing in the testing (electrical, mechanical, analytical) of extruded and paper insulated cables and accessories, along with conducting forensic/failure analysis, conditional assessment, and estimation of remaining life.
      Specification testing and diagnostic application of medium and high voltage cables and accessories, including but not limited to, insulators, arresters, bushings & cable terminations, etc.
      Renowned for our experience in research & testing, in turn contributing significant value to the industry which has been our privilege to support for the last 45 years
    • DNV is a global advisory, monitoring, verification, and certification services company.  DNV’s Smart Cable Guard (SCG) is an online cable monitoring solution which continuously tracks the health of medium-voltage cables and is in use on 3,000+ circuits worldwide, with around 4,600 miles of monitored cables.  A machine-learning algorithm combined with 24/7 support makes sure weak spots are detected and located accurately. Power grid operators get access to an online dashboard and receive alerts about when and where preventative repair work is needed to avoid an outage, which cables can wait, and the exact location of faults caused by external influences.
    • Doble Engineering offers solutions for cable testing and monitoring that will help you identify manufacturing defects or insulation deterioration. These solutions can be combined with the support of our global engineering team and enhanced by the educational opportunities we offer throughout the year. https://www.doble.com/solutions/cables/
    • Eaton – CYMCAP Software – Eaton’s power cable ampacity software (CYMCAP) is used to perform ampacity and temperature rise calculations for power cable installations. Determining the maximum current power cables can sustain without deterioration of any of their electrical properties is important for the design of electrical installations. It addresses steady state and transient thermal cable rating as per the analytical techniques described by Neher-McGrath and the International Standards IEC 60287 and IEC 60853. The validation of the results obtained with the CYMCAP software provides for increased confidence when upgrading existing power cable installations and designing new ones, thus maximizing the benefits from the considerable capital investment associated with them. Eaton is an intelligent power management company dedicated to improving the quality of life and protecting the environment for people everywhere.
    • 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 http://www.ejco.com/
    • 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 elecnorhawkeye.com
    • 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 www.gwelec.com.
    • HIGHVOLT
    • The H-J Family of CompaniesThe H-J Family of Companies is a global leader in the manufacture and supply of products and solutions to the heavy electrical industry. These components support the transformer, switchgear, regulator, reclosure, and breaker industries, along with specialties in the utility market. Founded in 1969, H-J is headquartered outside of St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
      The company maintains a global presence with offices operating in locations including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and throughout the United States, allowing H-J to serve domestic and international customers. The H-J Family of Companies conducts business in more than 70 countries on all continents.
      In addition to the two facilities and headquarters in the St. Louis, Missouri area in the United States, H-J has manufacturing facilities in Tianjin, China and Leon, Mexico.
      H-J employs state-of-the-art manufacturing technology producing a wide range of insulating components and non-ferrous castings such as brass, bronze, copper, and aluminum. As an engineered solutions company, H-J has vast expertise in designing and manufacturing custom products to meet customer needs.
    • 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.  www.hvtechnologies.com
    • 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 ilijnelectric.co.kr for more information.
    • InfraSource is a trusted provider of integrated solutions for the underground electric industry. The InfraSource Underground Transmission team has extensive construction experience in all underground transmission systems including HPFF, HPGF, SCFF, XLPE, and EPR cable. Our team can execute large capital projects, conduct standard maintenance activities, and respond to emergencies across the entire country. Maintaining a strong commitment to safety and excellence, we deliver comprehensive services tailored to each project’s unique needs. With our innovative approach and expertise in the industry, we have developed a unique offering called the Quanta Solution, which integrates construction, engineering, design, and permitting services into a seamless, all-in-one package. For further information, visit our website at https://www.infrasourceus.com/
    • 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. kinectrics.com
    • Lovink Enertect B.V. –Lovink Enertech is a Global supplier of reliable Medium Voltage Cable Splices since 1919. We are involved in advising utilities on how they can protect their electricity grids for the long term by investing in reliable cable splices. WE CONNECT YOUR POWER!
      During the Fall 2023 ICC Meeting we will expose our reliable LoviSil® cable splices. We have chosen for a robust, double housing which ensures the best long-term protection, direct buried or in manholes. Together with a silicone-based insulation LoviSil® splices offer the best protection against water ingress. This way of insulation is distinctive from all shrink and push on technologies.
      LoviSil® cable splices are successfully used by large Power Utilities globally. Power Utilities who moved over are highly satisfied and experience the comfort of a reliable grid without outages, every day.
      Stop by our expo to see the LoviSil® cable accessories featuring the silicone-based insulation and installation method. For more information visit www.lovink-enertech.com.
    • 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. lscsusa.com
    • LUNA Innovations is proud of our rich tradition of working in close collaboration with customers to develop the products that meet and exceed our clients’ needs for sensing, test & measurement, monitoring, and control solutions. This heritage stems from a series of in-house technology innovations and acquisitions of OptaSense, LIOS, and RIO Lasers.
    • Megger
    • NKT connects a greener world with high-quality power cable technology and takes center stage as the world moves towards green energy. NKT designs, manufactures and installs low-, medium- and high-voltage power cable solutions enabling sustainable energy transmission. Since 1891, NKT has innovated the power cable technology building the infrastructure for the first light bulbs to the megawatts created by renewable energy today. NKT is headquartered in Denmark and employs 4,500 people. NKT – We connect a greener world. www.NKT.com.
    • Optics11 develops innovative partial discharge (PD) test & monitoring systems based on fiber optic sensing technology designed for power cables and substation assets (transformers, switchgear, etc). Fiber optic PD sensors offer unique advantages as they are completely passive, immune to EMI, and can measure over long distances (>40km), all while using standard telecom fiber optic cables. The OptiFender system can provide early detection of PD, minimizing the risk of unplanned outages, reducing operation & maintenance costs, and extending the lifetime of assets which are under increasing demands in today’s electrical grid.
    • 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 www.PhenixTech.com to review our complete product line and capabilities.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Smart Grid Solutions manufactures underground and overhead faulted circuit indicators.  SGS is headquartered in Austin TX and has its manufacturing based in Dallas TX.  The design of SGS fault indicators focuses on field personnel and emphasizes reliability, durability and ease of use. 
    • Southwire – At Southwire, we know that a reliant and reliable power grid is essential… Since 1950, we have listened to our customers and worked to develop innovative solutions to problems faced by the utility industry. Today, as one of the leading manufacturers of wire and cable used in the transmission and distribution of electricity, we continue to offer the innovation, expertise, and responsiveness to help improve system reliability and resiliency. At Southwire, “We deliver power…responsibly™.”
    • 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 www.taihan.com/en/
    • TE Connectivity
    • Tierra Group
    • UL – A global leader in applied safety science, UL Solutions transforms safety, security and sustainability challenges into opportunities for customers in more than 100 countries. UL Solutions delivers testing, inspection and certification services, together with software products and advisory offerings, that support our customers’ product innovation and business growth. Our wealth of experience and knowledge in power utility cables enable us to develop specialized programs to provide utilities and other industrial cable customers with reliability data and assessment that can be utilized to form a risk mitigation plan for their cable systems. UL Solutions experts serve as leaders across international wire and cable technical committees, contributing to the establishment of new testing standards. Visit www.ul.com/mvhv to learn more.
    • Underground Solutions – Provides Fusible PVC conduit and casing for trenchless installation of underground transmission lines. These products significantly reduce power ampacity loss compared to steel and provide additional benefits over other thermoplastics. Benefits include high tensile strength for longer directional drill crossings, superior buckling pressure capacity, excellent thermal resistivity, low coefficient of friction and simplicity of reconnection with standard PVC conduit. For more information, stop by our booth and visit our website at: http://www.aegion.com/about/our-brands/underground-solution
    • 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, a United Utility company, is the leading electrical contractor offering an array of specialized services in underground transmission and distribution cable systems, overhead distribution, substations, and communications. WAC offers turnkey services for engineering, construction, procurement, maintenance, installation, and emergency restoration to electric utility clients across the nation. Our clients rely on our high level of experience, expertise, resources, and customer commitment. From new installations to modifications, upgrades, and maintenance of existing systems, we manage and execute projects to the highest standards of safety, reliability, and efficiency. Website www.wachester.com
    • 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 walker-us.com 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. Wilson’s underground transmission team, with our pedigree in transmission cable installation dating back to the 1980s, has completed over 75 UGHV projects and is ready to tackle your project’s unique needs.  Other 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.
    • Wire Pulse, Inc
  • Subcommittee A – Cable Construction and Design – Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • 8:00-8:10 AM Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 8:10-8:50 AM “Copolymer WTR insulation systems for wet design OSW inter array cables at 66/69 kV and advancements towards higher voltages” by David Lindsay, Borealis
      Copolymer water tree retardant (WTR) XLPE materials offer superior performance versus additive WTR insulations commonly used in underground MV cables.  This presentation will review design, performance, and in-service examples for copolymer WTR insulation systems being implemented for wet design offshore wind inter array cables up to 66 kV.  In addition, advancements toward higher voltage levels in support of larger megawatt wind turbines requiring HV collection systems will be discussed.
    • 8:55-9:35 AM “’Reduction of carbon black content with a nouvelle compounding technique’” by Detlef Wald, Eifelkabel
      By using planetary roll mill extruder, we have developed a compounding technique which more carefully treats the carbon black filler into the base polymer gentler. With this technology we can reduce the carbon black content inside a general purpose semi-conductive compound by approximately 20 %. We could also reduce the melt temperature that much that we could inject the peroxide directly in one process. With this method one can get more freedom in polymer design to adapt the compound better to its needs.’
    • 9:40-10:00 AM “Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) as a Potential Wildfire Mitigation Cable Insulation and Jacket” by Paul Lorigan-M Holland
      Climate change is creating new environments in which wire and cable must operate. Electric utilities on the west coast of North America have determined that bare overhead high voltage transmission lines can touch in high wind conditions sending sparks on the underlying brush causing wildfires to ignite. There are currently three wildfire mitigation strategies being used by the utilities to prevent the lines from touching and scattering sparks: turning the power off, burying the lines underground and insulating the overhead lines. The insulated overhead lines are known as covered cables, spacer cable or tree wire. These cables currently utilize crosslinked polyethylene plus a track resistant UV masterbatch to meet tracking and UV requirements. These cables are not flame retardant. Common flame retardants adversely affect tracking performance. This paper describes the relevant performance properties of FEP as a potential component and design improvement in wildfire mitigation cables. Test data includes the ASTM D2303 incline plane track resistant test, UL 1581 Xenon Arc Weather-o-meter, flame testing, dielectric strength, dissipation factor, dielectric constant, physical properties, and temperature ratings. FEP is a fully recyclable material.
    • 10:00 -10:15 AM BREAK
    • 10:15-10:35 AM Paul Lorigan continued
    • 10:35-11:15 AM “Cable Rejuvenation History: Document the Past and Shape the Future” by James Steele and Wayne Chatterton, Southwire
      A thorough review of Cable Rejuvenation was completed by CEATI in 2017. They concluded that there was a great history and efficacy to the rejuvenation process. They also identified areas that were lacking or just not reviewed at the time. This presentation will give a brief history of the silicone rejuvenation process, major changes in technology to rejuvenation over the years, the success of the over 3 decades of cable rejuvenation and then look at what’s new and up and coming. Topics will include injection of the secondary systems, injection of sub-transmission cables and special circuits as well as the latest foray into the successful injection of thousands of feet of strand-filled conductor cable via a new and unique injection process. Cable rejuvenation is not a new technology but has evolved so much since the first commercial injection in 1987 that it is hardly recognizable. The utilization of cable rejuvenation impacts hardening of the grid for the future.
    • 11:20-12:00 PM “Simulation in cable systems” by Jun Guo, UL Solutions
      The topics covered include thermal gradient and electric field inversion in DC cable, electric field distribution in cables in the presence of water treeing, voids, contamination, and protrusion, electric field distribution in joints under DC and AC conditions, electric field distribution in joints in the presence of defects under DC/AC conditions, and more.
    • 12:00 PM Adjourn
  • Subcommittee B – Accessories – Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • 8:00 – 8:15: Chairman’s opening remarks and announcements
    • 8:15 – 8:45: “Probability Analysis of Passing Switching and Fault Close Testing Present in IEEE 386”, Nick Wainio (Eaton, USA), Michael Smalley (WEC Energy Group, USA)
      A statistical review and analysis of IEEE 386-2016 and IEEE 386’s current approved draft. Using a high number of simulated samples with the binomial probability mass function and applying confidence intervals we gain understanding into both the legacy 10-in-a-row streak and approved draft’s flat pass rate requirement. This exercise allows us to place numbers around and offer insights into committee goals of holding product to as good or better-quality levels as the past and limiting ‘lucky passes’ and ‘unlucky failures’.
    • 8:45 – 9:15: “Connecting strand-filled cables – one promising approach”, Daniel Jaeger (Pfisterer, Germany), Paolo Rocca (3M, Canada)
      The move to larger cables, the use of strand-filling material and the quest for more power has put connections in the “hot seat”. Heat management has become even more important in the longevity and reliability discussion. How do you tackle it? Improving connectivity is a big part of the equation, especially when it comes to strand-filled cables, and with those, new approaches are needed. Here we will discuss some initial results from a new approach, as well as how accelerated testing has become even more important, and can evolve, to help ensure connections have a lasting life.
    • 9:15 – 9:45: “Extended Testing of Dry-Type Outdoor Cable Terminations up to 170 kV”, Svetlana Mukhoriamova (Prysmian, Netherlands) Nowadays, the designs of dry-type cable terminations are being optimized using state-of-the-art simulations and calculation tools. Nevertheless, to validate the design limits, physical testing is needed to ensure the electrical, mechanical, and thermal performances under the most extreme conditions. This paper presents the results of the extended testing of dry-type outdoor terminations for voltage class up to 170 kV. In particular, the focus is on the internal arc test, temperature shock test and seismic withstand test, performed on the dry-type outdoor termination.
    • 9:45 – 10:15: Break
    • 10:15 – 11:00: : “Cable accessories in US utilities – past, present and future: HV Cable Accessories for HPFF and SD cable systems – history, technologies, needs and trends – a utility perspective”, Arie Makovoz (Con Ed, USA)
      HV cable accessories playing important role in connecting and terminating cable sections. Their design supposed to match or exceed electric stresses in the cable. During this presentation evolution of HV cable accessories will be discussed, including different types of terminations and joints. The presentation will focus on utility (customer) needs and possible future development of HV cable accessories, considering latest trend of thinner SD cables insulation and possible increase of electric stress at accessories.
    • 11:00 – 11:45: “69kV Self Supporting Heat Shrink Termination, Development and Field Experience”, Rudy Bukovnik, Alex Czibur (TE Connectivity, USA), Mike Causer (ACE, USA)
      Heat-shrink terminations have been in use for many decades and voltage classes up to 69kV in the power transmission market. A self-supporting heat shrink termination is now available that incorporates a support insulator integrated with heat shrink termination into one unit.  This eliminates the need for a separate support structure when installing heat shrink terminations on flexible cables especially EPR insulted cable.   This presentation will review the self-supporting termination design and installation experience in a substation retrofit project
    • 11:45 – 12:00: Chairman’s closing remarks and Adjourn
  • Subcommittee C – Cable Systems – Monday, October 30, 2023, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    • 2:00 – 2:15 PM Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 2:15 – 2:50 PM Re-Evaluating Static Cable Ratings with Real-Time Measurements” by Adam Smith, Power Engineers, Inc., and Wael Moutassem, Underground Systems, Inc. (USi).
      This presentation will review a case study in which the 30-year-old static rating of a HPFF cable circuit was re-evaluated resulting in the significant reduction of the book rating of the circuit. The presenters will then discuss the implementation of a real-time rating system to verify and potentially increase the new book rating of the circuit, with the results showing a dramatic increase of the real-time rating over the book rating.  The presentation will also demonstrate the importance of re-evaluating existing cable system book ratings over time to account for changes in system operations and the environmental conditions in which the cable systems are installed.
    • 2:50 – 3:25 PM  “Vandalized 115kV Underground Cable System at Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Inc.’s”, by Hoang Vu, Puget Sound Energy (PSE).
      A 1970-vintage 115kV underground XLPE cable system was vandalized for copper theft, resulting in a cable failure. The consequence brought to light system reliability concerns and created many repair challenges.  It also sparked new mitigations and requirements for the existing system and for future system design, installation, operation, and maintenance. PSE will discuss the incident, repair efforts, and mitigations.
    • 3:25 -3:40 PM BREAK
    • 3:40 – 4:15 PM “Soil Thermal Stability and its Effect on Cable Ratings”, by Bill Black, Georgia Institute of Technology 
      The single most influential factor in determining the ratings of underground cables is the thermal resistivity of the soil.  An accurate measurement of soil thermal resistivity is therefore critical to the determination of cable ratings. Ratings are also strongly influenced by the thermal stability of the soil, because heat generated by the cables can often drive soil moisture away from the cables resulting in a steep rise in the soil resistivity and a corresponding reduction in cable ratings. Soil thermal stability can be determined by a simple, short-duration test that involves a thermal probe that has traditionally been used to measure thermal resistivity. Therefore, a single test with a thermal probe can provide the soil’s thermal stability as well as its thermal resistivity which leads to safe cable ratings.  Measurements of soil stability are shown to be influenced by the soil’s properties, the heat generated in the cables, the diameter of the cable/soil interface and the duration that the soil experiences heating by the cables.
    • 4:15 – 4:50 PM “Modeling Complex Arrangements of Underground Power Cables in Ampacity Calculations”, by George J. Anders, Anders Consulting, and Camilo Apraez, Eaton Corp., Montreal, Canada.
      Knowledge of the current carrying capacity of electric power cables, or ampacity (or rating) for short, is needed when the cable system is designed, and it is an important parameter during its operation. Cable ampacity is dependent on its construction, laying conditions and the duty cycle. In many cities around the world, cable infrastructure can be very complex, especially in the vicinity of substations, and in those situations, only numerical approaches are available for performing ampacity studies. The finite element method (FEM) or the finite difference approach (FDA) are the solutions of choice, with the former being the most widely used. However, computer programs based on applying the finite element method to solve partial differential equations describing heat generation and heat transfer of the power cables require great skill in their application and are generally difficult to use. This presentation will show an application of a new analytical model, which is easy to use and is applicable to all possible configurations of buried heat sources. The method enables the steady-state analysis, taking into account the drying-out of the soil and/or longitudinal heat flows. The presentation will contain several examples with complex cable arrangements, including cable crossings and inclined installations.
    • 4:50 -5:25 PM  “Progress in cable in pipe installation using water” by Willem Griffioen as Author, and Vitor Gonçalves as Presenter, Plumettaz S.A..
      Traditionally energy cables are installed in pipes by winch pulling. An alternative method was developed using water, where no winch rope needs to be installed and all labor and equipment is at one side of the pipe. One of the benefits is buoyancy, reducing effective cable weight. Three techniques can be distinguished: 1) Floating, where water is injected at the cable entry while pushing the cable at the same time. No pig is used and distributed propelling forces locally compensate friction, so no axial force is built-up in the cable and the capstan effect is avoided. With very low forces very long installation lengths are achieved (record 12.4 km!), 2) Water Push Pulling, now with pig. This gives a local pulling force at the cable head, so the capstan effect is back. Still long lengths (up to 3.3 km) are reached. There is no limit to cable and pipe size. 3) Free Floating. Once the cable has been installed by Water Push Pulling it can be transported further by the sole action of water, loose from the machine to any desired destination (no limit how far away). The water-based installation methods are used all over the world and can be used for offshore and land projects. Different cable configurations are possible, from singe cables in individual pipes to 3 loose cables in a single pipe. Examples will be given of some recent projects.
    • 5:25 -5:30 PM  Closing Remarks
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables – Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    • 2:00 – 2:20 – Introductions, Chair’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 2:20 – 3:15 PM “Using Cable Lubricants To Reduce Friction And Increase Predictability In Cable Tension Estimation” – Sheri Dahlke, VP Research & Development – Polywater.
      Cable lubricants lower the coefficient of friction. This, in turn manages excess tension on the cable and equipment, increasing installation distance. Longer pulls can mean fewer splices and better performance over time. Cable lubricants play a critical role in establishing a realistic coefficient of friction (COF) for cable tension planning. Estimating cable tension during the design phase of an installation allows the project manager to make improvements that can save cost and increase cable reliability. Compiled data from years of friction testing will be shared, including the effect of different materials and other physical factors. Lubricant application and best practices will also be explored.
      Sheri Dahlke serves as VP Research & Development for Polywater where she provides strategic leadership in product development and technical service. Ms. Dahlke’s career spans more than 30 years with the company and she is viewed as an industry forerunner in new product development, particularly in lubricants, adhesives, and cleaners used in the electrical and communications industries. Her passion, knowledge, and expertise in finding innovative solutions makes her a natural partner and trusted advisor to customers who are planning and completing challenging projects.  
    • 3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
    • 3:30 – 4:15 PM “Industry Update on Material Issues” – Robert Konnik, VP of Technology & Development, Champlain Cable Corp.
      Because of the disruptions in the markets, there have been many issues sourcing materials in the last few years. This has been exacerbated by environmental regulations and requests on the use of some materials. Flame retardants such as brominated and chlorinated materials will be reviewed along with some regulations regarding PFAS. A couple of other specific materials will be reviewed that could affect wire and cable use. Finally, some information on how these changes may affect the cable will be discussed.
      Robert Konnik is the VP of Technology and Development at Champlain Cable Corporation. He is an IEEE senior member, Past Chair of IEEE ICC Sub D, Past Chair of IEEE NPEC SC2, Vice Chair of IEEE NPEC, Chair of IEEE 383, Vice Chair of IEEE/IEC 60780-323, Chair of IEEE 690, and member of many IEEE committees.
    • 4:15 – 5:00 PM “Proposed Use of Chilled, Forced Air Cooling for EV Charging Cables” – Joseph Iamartino, CTO, Marmon Innovation & Technology Group
      Electric vehicle fast charging is much more challenging for designers than that faced by home charger designers. Consumers for EV fast chargers expect a rapid recharge cycle as one might expect in 2023 from a gasoline station on our interstate highways. To accommodate such fast-charging rates, designers have two solutions today. The first is to use larger copper wires to handle the direct current (DC) needed without generating excess heat. These large gauge wires cause the cables to be heavy to lift and bulky to maneuver. The second method is to cool the cable using liquids – oil, glycol, or water – to extract heat from small copper conductors. Though effective, there are challenges from the use of liquids – extensive replacement time due to gasket and sealing as well as clean-up and recharging of the cooling liquid following a leak.  If it is possible to efficiently cool an EV charging handle and cable with forced, chilled air, even though it may be less efficient compared to liquid, the inherent benefits of fast changes and no mess to clean up after a leak are obvious benefits to station operators. There are currently no operating norms for such forced, chilled air solutions. This presentation will highlight factors to consider should a standard for forced and chilled air EV cable cooling becomes a reality.
      Joseph Iamartino is the CTO for the Marmon Innovation & Technology Group of Marmon Electrical, holding a BS in Electrical Engineering degree (University of Rhode Island)  and MS Innovation Technology degree from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Iamartino began his technical career in 1982 in the computing and fiber optic interconnect industry. His career includes senior positions at TE/AMP, Emerson, and Hitachi. Prior to joining Marmon, Iamartino served as President / CTO for the High-Performance Medical Solutions and CTO for the Performance Cable group of Hitachi Cable America. He taught technology and international business courses in an adjunct capacity for ~20 years for universities in New England. The proud father of three amazing children, Christian, Marissa and Alexander, Joe has served as the head of the Thompson (CT) Historical Society for over 20 years and lectures frequently on Native American history, historical mill technology and medieval siege engines. Besides being a grandfather, his interests in Star Trek, Native American / Roman history, competitive trivia, and visits to remote paleolithic sites dominate his spare time.
    • 5:00 PM Adjourn
  • Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics – Monday, October 30, 2023, 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM
    • 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM “High Potential Testing: Destructive on Not-Destructive”, Drew Mantey & Ilya Golberg, EPRI
      EPRI guidance for cable testing recommends a monitored very low frequency (VLF) withstand test if a cable is degraded prior to return to service, after repairs, replacements, or new installations. There is often pushback from station management to performing such a test due to it being “destructive”. To inform this mindset, EPRI will discuss the research results performed to determine if it is destructive for cable insulation (as judged by looking at how the AC breakdown strength of the cable decreases from repeated application of hi-pot tests).
    • 10:00 AM – 10:30 Break
    • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM “Assessing the Loss of Performance in Mature Field Aged Cables”, Jean Carlos Hernandez-Mejia, Thomas Parker, and Travis Bosnyak, Georgia Tech NEETRAC
      It is difficult to know the true performance of extruded underground cables installed over the last ~20 years for several reasons. First, current industry information on cable aging in the field is based on designs and manufacturing principles that were not used in North America. Second, accelerated aging tests in the laboratory do not produce the same type of aging that occurs in service. It is assumed that cables installed over the last 20 years perform better than earlier vintages, but the true degree of improvement is unclear. This project conducted aging assessments on long lengths of extruded cables removed from service, including cables with XLPE and TRXLPE insulations. Aging assessment data was then correlated to laboratory and factory data on new cables as well as breakdown performance and water treeing analysis.
    • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM “Overview over the behavior of electrical treeing, surface and cavity discharges under the influence of different test voltage types by manners of PD measurement and breakdown probability”, Daniel Müller-Bode, Hein Putter, Daniel Götz, Megger Germany GmbH, Baunach, Germany
      Reproducible, artificial cable failures are used to obtain statistical comparison between the market available on-site test voltages. First, the breakdown probability of a defect causing electrical treeing is of major interest because these failures will lead to breakdown in a comparably short time of voltage application. These failures laid the foundation to standardize cable testing procedures. Today, partial discharge measurement gained a great importance in the on-site cable assessment and can be used to detect failures inside a cable system. Here, other evaluation factors than breakdown probability are used in the comparison. For PD measurement, the PD properties, such as amplitude, phase angle, distribution of amplitudes and repetition rates under different voltage types are of major interest.
      This contribution will focus on the different approaches to investigate possible differences in the test voltage types and points out if advantages and disadvantages can be observed. Therefore, literature research on electrical treeing defects will be used as well as own research approaches on the PD-behavior of different, artificial, cable PD-sources. The investigation will focus mainly on MV-cable materials and shall state a basis for decision making processes to find a suitable solution for either on-site cable testing or on-site cable diagnostics.
    • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM “Water Tree Growth in the Context of Diagnostics”, Essay Wen Shu, Solvay, Nigel Hampton, EPRI, Jim Guo and Mohammad Arabbenferrari, UL Solutions
      Extruded insulations were introduced in the mid 1960’s to address the cost, reliability and weight issues associated with the established paper insulated cables. The initial installations performed well for a number of years until water trees were observed in EPR, HMWPE, and XLPE. These early water trees and those of later vintages are the drivers for much of the diagnostic testing currently being undertaken. This presentation does not intend to discuss the fundamentals of water trees; however, it does visit a number of the drivers of water tree growth and discusses their relevance to diagnostic assessments.
    • 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Closing Remarks
  • Subcommittee G – Transnational Luncheon Registration Required, Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
    • World first 400kV DC-XLPE cable system in LCC operation  by Shoji MASHIO, J-Power Systems Corporation, Japan
      Abstract:  The KONTEK 400 kV grid connection is a direct current connection between the German and Danish power grids, which operates the power grid on the Danish islands of Lolland, Falster and Zealand.  This high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line operates at 400 kV and transmits a maximum capacity of 600 MW with LCC.  The KONTEK Land Cable Replacement Project has been completed successfully by replacing 15 km of the aged oil-filled cable on the German side by the world’s first DC400kV with filled type DC XLPE insulation.
    • Modeling Complex Arrangements of Underground Power Cables in Ampacity Calculations in Germanyby Dr George Anders Consulting, Canada and Camilo Apraez, CYMCAP
      Abstract: This presentation will show an application of a new analytical model, which is easy to use and is applicable to all possible configurations of buried heat sources. The method enables the steady-state analysis, taking into account the drying-out of the soil and/or longitudinal heat flows. The presentation will contain examples from Germany with complex cable arrangements, including cable crossings and inclined installations.
    • Imjuiden Ver, The Netherlands ±525kV HVDC project by Rob Sellick, NKT, USA
      Abstract: This presentation gives a high-level overview of the 6GW, ±525kV Ijmuiden Ver offshore wind zone project located in the Dutch portion of the North Sea.  The project covers both on- and offshore power cables and are key in supporting the European transition to renewable energy and play an integral part in realizing the Dutch ambition of having 21 GW offshore wind installed around 2030.
    • Cable in pipe installation using water in projects in Europe by Willem Griffioen, Vitor Goncalves, Plumettaz SA, Switzerland
      Abstract: Traditionally energy cables are installed in pipes by winch pulling. Plumettaz developed an alternative method using water, where no winch rope needs to be installed and all labour and equipment is at one side of the pipe. The water based installation methods are used all over the world and can be used for offshore and land projects. Different cable configurations are possible, from singe cables in individual pipes to 3 loose cables in a single pipe. Examples will be given of some recent projects. In this presentation experiences will be discussed as obtained on different projects in Europe.
    • Installation of HV land cables in difficult conditions, with rocky ground and high temperatures – a case study from Middle Eastby Przemysław Krawczykowski, Tele-Fonika Kable SA, Poland
      Abstract: In 2018 Tele-Fonika Kable was invited to take a part in a project located in Middle East. Project relates about 26 km of 161 kV cable laid in floody area on a route with many rocks, rocky and sandy ground. Extremely high temperatures, harsh environment and unpredicted circumstances caused that project was very demanding. Cable construction included water tightness conductor, semi-conducting outer sheath and two tubes with fibre optic cable in metallic screen. Terrain difficulties had its impact not only on cable installation, but it also required many factors to be taken into account when calculating and designing has place. After installation test were key to ensure proper installation. There were many conditions taken into consideration which had it reflect on induced voltage, section length, drums, short-circuit current and ampacity calculations. After many case scenario calculations, the A2XS(F)2Y-SC-WTC-2T4FM 2000/240 161 kV cable was chosen. Project was successfully executed.
    • Engineering Challenges of Underground HVDC Projectsby Andres Hernandez, Prysmian Group, The Netherlands Abstract: The focus of this presentation is to provide an overview of the challenges and the technologies that are involved in the increasing number of HVDC interconnections. It will analyze the key aspects that are required to support the market need of longer, more reliable and smarter HVDC links; starting from the technology point of view, manufacturing, logistics and installation, new challenges are being presented and to be overcome.
    • EuroAsia HVDC Interconnector
      by Travis Arnal, Allen MacPhail, Stantec, Canada
      EuroAsia HVDC Interconnector will be a multi-terminal HVDC system that will connect the electrical systems of Greece, Cyprus, and Israel with over 2,400 kilometers of HVDC cables (over 1200 km for the bipole circuit route) and using high voltage direct current (HVDC) voltage source converter (VSC) technology. The EuroAsia converter stations in Cyprus and Israel will connect to the Ariadne HVDC Interconnector in Greece, which is currently under construction and will have converter stations in Attica and Crete. The HVDC system configuration will be 1000 MW bipole with electrodes to be used as the return path.
      The project is currently the longest and deepest HVDC submarine cable project under contract globally and will include the installation of 525 kV HVDC submarine and land cables, as well as low voltage DC submarine and land cables to connect the electrodes to the converter stations. The submarine cable route between Crete and Cyprus will be ~900 km and between Cyprus and Israel will be 310 km. The HVDC submarine cables for the EuroAsia Interconnector will be installed in water depths of more than 3,000 meters.
      The project is a leading European Union project of common interest (PCI). Upon completion, the project will help the European Union achieve their energy policy and climate objectives: affordable, secure, and sustainable energy for all citizens, and the long-term de-carbonization of the economy in accordance with the Paris Agreement. The in-service dates for the first phase of the project between Crete and Cyprus are 2028 for Pole One and 2029 for Pole Two
    • Upcoming international meetings 2024 by Paul Leufkens
  • Networking Luncheon – Registration Required – Monday, October 30, 2023, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Testing of Optical Components of Subsea Cables, Jim Guo
    • Replacement of an existing air-insulated substation with a new GIS substation requiring the relocation of the terminations for two 115kV HPFF circuits and one 115kV XLPE circuit to the new station using GIS terminations, Justin Bardwell
    • Project in North of the Rio Grande, Lionel Mendez
    • Cable monitoring in the Champlain project, Stefan Person
  • Educational Program – US Utilities T&D Actual Project Reviews – Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
    • 0.4 CEUs will be offered for this session. You must register to receive CEUs
    • The upcoming Fall 2023 Education Session will present actual project cases from several US utilities covering design, installation, failure repair, and analysis of various T&D cable systems. The session will be interesting for cable system suppliers, contractors, designers, and consultants, and will help to better understand customer needs. Experienced US utility engineers will share their knowledge and experience, solving various problems that occurred during actual cable installation projects and failure repairs. A Q&A session with our panelists will be included.
    • 1:00 – 1:15 PM – Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements – Arie Makovoz, Con Edison
    • 1:15 – 1:55 PM – Medium Voltage Cable System Maintenance –Principles and Execution, Nadim Giotis, Oncor
    • 1:55 – 2:35 PM – Seismic challenges when planning, routing, and installation of electric underground transmission for a utility, Marvic Verzano, PG&E
    • 2:35 – 3:15 – A Case Study Supporting an Alternate Cable Resampling/Retesting Method, Michael Smalley, WEC Energy
    • 3:15 – 3:30 – Break
    • 3:30 – 4:00 – Challenges of Accelerated Filing of Asset Condition Based Replacement Projects, Cory Liu, Eversource
    • 4:00 – 4:30 – UG Transmission System Challenges and Future Trends, Arie Makovoz, Con Edison of NY
    • 4:30 – 5:00 – The spectrum of challenges faced by T&D Engineers in Utilities, Nigel Hampton, EPRI
  • Training Session
    • Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00 AM IEEE SA Mandatory Training for Standard Development Officers (Required of all ICC AdCom members and Working Group officers; all are welcome)
    • Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00 AM IEEE MyProject training (Required of Working Group officers who have not participated in any ICC AM training within one year of appointment; all are welcome)