Electrical Testing and Commissioning of Electric Power Systems

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The electrical acceptance testing and commissioning of electric power systems is essential to the start up of any electrical system for the first time, regardless of its size, type or industry. It is a very special occurrence and poses some unique challenges to electrical personnel. Inexperience and poor planning will inevitably result in prolonged delays in the start up which can lead to costly productivity losses. This course provides invaluable information to anyone who wishes to know and understand the role of Electrical Acceptance Testing, Commissioning and Start-up of Electrical Power Distribution Systems. The importance of planning and preparation for the project, from engineering to commissioning and start up, will be emphasized. This course deals with safety considerations and testing and start-up procedures for all the components of any electrical system. The course leader will also offer useful guidelines on what to do when things go wrong during this phase of a project.

Day 1

9:00 am
Course Introduction
Instructors introduction and background
Management of commissioning projects
About NETA
Certification of Test Technicians
Certification Test Examples
NETA - ANSI Standards
NETA - Frequency of Tests
Overview - ATS 1999

10:00 am -- Coffee Break

10:15 am
Electrical Theory
Basic Electrical Theory & Commonly Used Formulae
Time-Current Characteristics
Electrical Definitions and Acronyms
Ground Fault Systems
Coordination studies
Short Circuit Studies
Device Evaluations

11:00 am
Understanding Electrical Drawings
IEEE Device numbers
Drawing Symbols
Single lines drawings
3 line drawings
AC/DC Trip & Control Schematics
Wiring Diagrams
General System Design, Lay-out and Drawings

12:00 noon -- Lunch

1:00 pm
Component Testing Procedures
Types of Commonly Used Test Equipment
Insulation Resistance Testing
Contact resistance Testing
Current Injections, CT testing

2:15 pm -- Break

2:30 pm
Construction Site Considerations
Safety during a start up project
Temporary generators and construction power
Personal Protective Equipment Voltage Detection Equipment, Hot-sticks, Grounds
Temporary Grounds
Qualified Electrical Personnel

3:30 pm
Day 1 Wrap Up
Review Quiz
Questions and Discussions

Day 2

8:30 am
Management of Start Up & Commissioning Projects
Turnover Packages
Drawing control, field mark ups and "as builts"
Test sheet document control
Keeping track of completed tasks
Deficiency tracking

9:15 am
System Commissioning
Ensuring the system is working completely
Using electrical drawings
Sensing Devices
Isolating devices
Relays and tripping devices

10:00 am -- Coffee

10:15 am
NETA Acceptance Testing Specifications
NETA Acceptance testing procedures of Electrical Equipment

11:00 am
Substation Equipment Commissioning
Ground Grid Design, Grounding (Step & Touch Potentials, Earth Resistivity, Bonding Resistance)
Testing ground grids and soil resistivity
High voltage towers and switches
Outdoor SF6 Breakers
Other Substation Equipment
NETA Recommended Component tests

12:00 noon -- Lunch

1:00 pm
Transformer Commissioning
General Construction, Operation & Safety
Field Assembly and Vacuum Filling of Power Transformers
Handling Transformer Oil, Tapchangers
Transformer Protective Devices, Bushings, auxiliary devices alarms & trips
NETA Recommended ELectrical Acceptance Testing and Commissioning Tests

2:00pm -- Break

2:15 pm
Distribution Switchgear Commissioning
General Construction, Operation & Safety
Metal Clad Switchgear construction and safety features
Commissioning Switchgear
Breaker construction and safety features
Current Transformers
Instrument Transformers, Test switches, Metering and Relaying Devices
NETA Recommended Acceptance Tests

3:00 pm
Plant Start Up
Pre-energization checklists
First energization proceedures
Phase rotation and other measured system parameters

3:30 pm
Course Wrap Up
Review Quiz
Discussions and Adjournment

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