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Overhead Conductors

Weatherproof Overhead Line Wire


Single Conductor LLDPE or XLPE Covered Line Wire to ICEA S-70-547 and/or CEA WCWG-06
Product Construction:
Complete Cable:

COVERED ACSR ALUMINUM CONDUCTOR, STEEL REINFORCED, COMPACT-LAY-STRANDED


CODE WORD (1)

CONDUCTOR SIZE
AWG OR mm2
kcmil

CONDUCTOR
DIAMETER
mm

THICKNESS
OF COVERING
mm (2)

OVERALL
DIAMETER
inches
mm

OVERALL WEIGHT
kg/km
lb/kft

RATED
STRENGTH (3)
lb
kN

RESISTANCE (4)
/1000FT
DC@20C AC@75C AC@90C

AMPS
PE(5) XLPE(6)

Weatherproof Line Wire consists of single conductor covered with either polyethylene or
cross-linked polyethylene. Conductors may be
compact or concentric strand of ACSR, ASC or
AASC or solid, compact or concentric strand
copper. Weatherproof Line Wire meets the
requirements of CEA WCWG 06, and the ANSI /
ICEA S-70-547 specification, as applicable.

GUM

13.3

4.62

0.76

0.24

6.2

66

45

1055

4.7

0.658

0.822

0.856

95

110

Conductors:

TEAK

21.1

5.79

0.76

0.29

7.4

101

68

1650

7.3

0.413

0.527

0.548

125

145

EBONY

33.6

7.34

1.14

0.38

9.7

165

111

2510

11.2

0.260

0.339

0.353

165

195

LIANA

42.4

8.26

1.14

0.42

10.6

204

137

3130

13.9

0.206

0.272

0.284

190

220

Different conductor types are available. Solid or


stranded MHD or Annealed copper; compact or
concentric HD Aluminum, Aluminum Alloy, or
ACSR are all options that are available.
The conductors meet the requirements of CSA
C49.1, C49.2, C49.4, ASTM B8, B231, B232, B400,
or B496 as applicable. For aluminum and ACSR
conductors, the direction of lay of the outer layer
of the strand is right-hand. For copper conductors, the direction of lay of the outer layer of the
strand is left-hand.
Cable constructions manufactured to the CEA
WCWG 06 specification are made using concentric stranded conductors. Cable constructions
manufactured to the ANSI / ICEA S-70-547 specification can be either concentric, or compact.
For products manufactured with aluminum conductors, the product is available with conductor
corrosion resistant inhibitor treatment.
For copper conductors 4/0 AWG and smaller,
they are manufactured using medium hard
drawn copper. For copper conductors larger
than 4/0 AWG they are typically manufactured
using annealed copper strand wires. Medium
hard drawn copper designs are available.

BAMBOO

1/0

53.5

9.25

1.52

0.49

12.4

265

178

3860

17.2

0.163

0.220

0.228

215

255

CORYPHA

2/0

67.4

10.41

1.52

0.53

13.4

327

219

4815

21.4

0.130

0.177

0.185

250

290

MAHOGANY

3/0

85.0

11.68

1.52

0.58

14.8

403

272

5915

26.3

0.103

0.144

0.150

285

330

EUCALYPTUS

4/0

107

13.11

1.52

0.64

16.2

499

336

7580

33.7

0.082

0.119

0.123

320

375

COVERED ACSR ALUMINUM CONDUCTOR, STEEL REINFORCED, CONCENTRIC-LAY-STRANDED


CODE WORD (1)

CONDUCTOR SIZE
CONDUCTOR
AWG/
mm2 STRAND DIAMETER
kcmil
mm

COVERING
THICKNESS
mm (2)

OVERALL
DIAMETER
inches
mm

OVERALL WEIGHT
kg/km lb/kft

RATED
STRENGTH (3)
lb
kN

RESISTANCE (4)
/1000FT
DC@20C AC@75C AC@90C

AMPS
PE(5) XLPE(6)

WALNUT

13.3

6/1

5.03

0.76

0.26

6.6

70.8

48

1055

4.7

0.658

0.821

0.835

100

115

BUTTERNUT

21.1

6/1

6.35

0.76

0.31

8.0

107.1

72

1650

7.3

0.413

0.526

0.546

130

150

PIGNUT*

33.6

6/1

8.03

1.14

0.41

10.4

176.6

119

2510 11.2

0.260

0.338

0.352

170

200

CHESTNUT

42.4

6/1

9.02

1.14

0.45

11.4

218

147

3130 13.9

0.206

0.272

0.283

195

225

ALMOND*

1/0

53.5

6/1

10.11

1.52

0.52

13.2

282

191

3860 17.2

0.163

0.219

0.228

220

260

PECAN*

2/0

67.4

6/1

11.35

1.52

0.57

14.5

347

235

4815 21.4

0.130

0.177

0.184

255

295

FILBERT*

3/0

85.0

6/1

12.75

1.52

0.63

15.9

431

290

5915 26.3

0.103

0.143

0.149

290

340

BUCKEYE*

4/0

107

6/1

14.30

1.52

0.69

17.4

531

359

7580 33.7

0.082

0.116

0.121

330

390

Hackberry

266.8

135

18/1

15.5

1.52

0.73

18.6

543

365

6390 28.4

0.065

01079

0.083

410

480

Mockernut

336.0

170

18/1

17.4

1.52

0.73

19.6

605

407

8055 35.8

0.051

0.063

0.066

470

550

477.0

242

18/1

20.7

2.03

0.98

24.8

908

610

11970 49.2

0.036

0.044

0.046

585

685

(1) Codeword modified with the suffix "/MD" denotes product manufactured with Medium Density PE; "/XLP" denotes product manufactured
with XLPE insulation.
(2) Thickness of covering to ICEA S-70-547 (which is equivalent to the CEA WCWG-06 specification).
(3) Rated strength is based on CSA C49.1 calculation method and include the ICEA S-70-547 0.9 derating factor.
(4) Based on conductivity of 61.2% (average lot) IACS @20C for aluminum and 8% IACS @20C for steel core. AC resistance for single layer
conductors includes the effects of core magnetization. To convert to ohm/km multiply value x 3.281.
(5) Based on conductor temp. of 75C, 32C ambient, 0.6 m/sec (2 ft/sec) crosswind, 0.6 coefficient of emissivity, full sun. (as per CSA C22.3 Part 1).
(6) XLPE coverings are not recommended for use with ACSR, Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy conductors when used for line wire applications
where sag and tension requirements must be maintained. Operation of the conductor at temperatures in excess of 93C will lead to loss in
tensile strength of the aluminum strand components. The loss in strength will decrease the rated strength of the conductor and increase
conductor sag distance. The indicated ampacity value is based on conductor temp. of 90C, 32C ambient, 0.6 m/sec (2 ft/sec) crosswind, 0.6
coefficient of emissivity, full sun (as per CSA C22.3 Part 1).
* Designates a construction and conductor size which is included in the CEA WCWG-06 specification when built with "/MD" or "/ XLP" covering.

Covering:
The standard product is built using black, weather resistant, Linear Low Density Polyethylene
(LLDPE). Alternate materials such as black,
weather resistant Medium Density Polyethylene
(MDPE); black, weather resistant cross-linked
polyethylene (XLPE); or black, weather resistant
high density cross-linked polyethylene (HDXLPE)
coverings are also available.
As per the CEA WCWG-06 specification, constructions are required to be manufactured
using either MDPE or XLPE covering material.
XLPE coverings are not recommended for use
with ACSR, Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy conductors when used for line wire applications
where sag and tension requirements must be
maintained. Operation of the conductor at temperatures in excess of 93C will lead to loss in
tensile strength of the aluminum strand components. The loss in strength will decrease the
rated strength of the conductor and increase
conductor sag distance.

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Overhead Conductors

Utility

Weatherproof Overhead Line Wire


Single Conductor LLDPE or XLPE Covered Line Wire to ICEA S-70-547 and/or CEA WCWG-06
Covering (continued):
When specifying a product it is best to always
add a suffix code identifier to designate the covering material. Add the letters "MD" for medium
density PE, "XLP" to designated XLPE, and
"HDXLP" for high density cross-linked polyethylene. The default condition, without an identifier,
typically assumes the LLDPE covering is to be
used.

Features and Benefits:


The covering provides mechanical protection to
the conductor and is resistant to weathering and
chemicals. If the conductors accidentally come
into contact due to high winds, falling tree limbs,
or other disturbances, the covering resists short
circuits and the tendency for conductors to weld
together.

Applications:
Weatherproof Line Wire is used for overhead
transmission and distribution lines. Covered Line
Wire is not an electrically insulated cable.
Therefore, it should be installed on insulators,
and users should treat line wire as bare conductor for personal safety.

COVERED ASC ALUMINUM CONDUCTOR, CONCENTRIC-LAY-STRANDED


CODE WORD (1)

CONDUCTOR SIZE
CONDUCTOR
AWG/
mm2 STRAND DIAMETER
kcmil
mm

COVERING
THICKNESS
mm (2)

OVERALL
DIAMETER
inches
mm

OVERALL WEIGHT
kg/km lb/kft

RATED
STRENGTH (3)
lb
kN

RESISTANCE (4)
/1000FT
DC@20C AC@75C AC@90C

AMPS
PE(5) XLPE(6)

Plum

13.3

4.67

0.76

0.25

6.2

53

35

505

2.2

0.659

0.672

0.805

100

Apricot

21.1

5.89

0.76

0.30

7.4

81

54

825

3.7

0.414

0.422

0.506

130

115
150

Peach

33.6

7.42

1.14

0.39

9.7

131

88

1265

5.6

0.260

0.266

0.318

170

200

Nectarine

42.4

8.33

1.14

0.42

10.6

161

108

1535

6.8

0.206

0.211

0.253

200

230

Quince *

1/0

53.5

9.35

1.52

0.49

12.4

210

141

1865

8.3

0.164

0.167

0.200

230

265

Orange

2/0

67.4

10.52

1.52

0.54

13.4

256

172

2350 10.4

0.130

0.132

0.159

265

305

Fig *

3/0

85.0

11.78

1.52

0.59

14.8

315

211

2844 12.6

0.103

0.105

0.126

305

355

Olive

4/0

107

13.26

1.52

0.65

16.2

389

261

3590 16.0

0.082

0.083

0.100

350

410

Mulberry *

266.8

135

19

15.04

1.52

0.72

18.3

470

316

4475 19.9

0.065

0.066

0.079

405

475

Anona *

336.4

170

19

16.92

1.52

0.79

20.0

580

390

4805 21.4

0.052

0.053

0.063

470

550

Huckelberry*

477

242

37

20.19

2.03

0.96

24.4

840

564

8090 36.0

0.036

0.037

0.042

575

675

COVERED ASC ALUMINUM CONDUCTOR, COMPACT-LAY-STRANDED


CODE WORD (1)

CONDUCTOR SIZE
CONDUCTOR
AWG/
mm2 STRAND DIAMETER
kcmil
mm

COVERING
THICKNESS
mm (2)

OVERALL
DIAMETER
inches
mm

OVERALL WEIGHT
kg/km lb/kft

RATED
STRENGTH (3)
lb
kN

RESISTANCE (4)
/1000FT
DC@20C AC@75C AC@90C

AMPS
PE(5) XLPE(6)

Bay

13.3

4.29

0.76

0.23

5.8

49

33

505

2.2

0.659

0.672

0.805

95

110

Hop

21.1

5.41

0.76

0.28

7.1

73

49

790

3.5

0.414

0.422

0.506

125

145

Sloe

33.6

6.81

1.14

0.36

9.1

120

81

1250

5.4

0.260

0.266

0.318

170

195

Alder

42.4

7.59

1.14

0.39

9.9

147

99

1480

6.6

0.206

0.211

0.253

195

225

Aspen

1/0

53.5

8.53

1.52

0.46

11.7

194

130

1790

8.0

0.164

0.167

0.200

225

260

Thorn

2/0

67.4

9.55

1.52

0.50

12.7

237

159

2260 10.0

0.130

0.132

0.159

255

300

Barwood

3/0

85.0

10.74

1.52

0.55

14.0

290

195

2765 12.2

0.103

0.105

0.126

295

345

Dogwood

4/0

107

12.06

1.52

0.60

15.2

359

241

3480 15.5

0.082

0.083

0.100

340

400

Oakwood

4/0

107

19

12.06

1.52

0.66

15.2

359

241

3890 17.3

0.082

0.083

0.100

340

400

Corkwood

266.8

135

19

13.64

1.52

0.66

16.8

442

297

4475 19.9

0.065

0.066

0.079

395

460

Ironwood

336.4

170

19

15.31

1.52

0.72

18.3

548

368

5535 24.6

0.051

0.053

0.063

455

535

Buttonwood

477

242

19

18.31

2.03

0.89

22.5

792

532

7525 33.5

0.036

0.037

0.044

565

660

(1) Codeword modified with the suffix "/MD" denotes product manufactured with Medium Density PE; "/XLP" denotes product manufactured
with XLPE insulation.
(2) Thickness of covering to ICEA S-70-547 (which is equivalent to the CEA WCWG-06 specification).
(3) Rated strength is based on CSA C49.1 calculation method for the concentric table and based on ASTM B400 for the compact table.
The values include the ICEA S-70-547 0.9 derating factor.
(4) Based on conductivity of 61.2% (average lot) IACS @20C for aluminum. To convert to ohm/km multiply value x 3.281.
(5) Based on conductor temp. of 75C, 32C ambient, 0.6 m/sec (2 ft/sec) crosswind, 0.6 coefficient of emissivity, full sun. (as per CSA C22.3 Part 1).
(6) XLPE coverings are not recommended for use with ACSR, Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy conductors when used for line wire applications
where sag and tension requirements must be maintained. Operation of the conductor at temperatures in excess of 93C will lead to loss in
tensile strength of the aluminum strand components. The loss in strength will decrease the rated strength of the conductor and increase
conductor sag distance. The indicated ampacity value is based on conductor temp. of 90C, 32C ambient, 0.6 m/sec (2 ft/sec) crosswind, 0.6
coefficient of emissivity, full sun (as per CSA C22.3 Part 1).
* Designates a construction and conductor size which is included in the CEA WCWG-06 specification when built with "/MD" or "/ XLP" covering.

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Utility

Overhead Conductors

Weatherproof Overhead Line Wire


Single Conductor LLDPE or XLPE Covered Line Wire to ICEA S-70-547 and/or CEA WCWG-06
COVERED AASC OR AAAC ALUMINUM CONDUCTOR, CONCENTRIC-LAY-STRANDED
CODE WORD (1)

CONDUCTOR SIZE
CONDUCTOR
AWG/
mm2 STRAND DIAMETER
kcmil
mm

COVERING
THICKNESS
mm (2)

OVERALL
DIAMETER
inches
mm

OVERALL WEIGHT
kg/km lb/kft

RATED
STRENGTH (3)
lb
kN

RESISTANCE (4)
/1000FT
DC@20C AC@75C AC@90C

AMPS
PE(5) XLPE(6)

Maple

15.49

5.0

0.76

0.26

6.6

42

28

999

4.4

0.659

0.670

0.785

100

115

Hornbeam**

24.67

6.4

0.76

0.31

7.9

62

41

1585

7.0

0.414

0.421

0.493

130

155

Linden

38.71

8.0

1.14

0.41

10.4

103

69

2375 10.6

0.260

0.265

0.310

175

205

CEA 2 A2 LW*

38.71

8.0

1.14

0.41

10.3

102

69

2375 10.6

0.264

0.268

0.314

175

200

Corktree

49.47

9.0

1.14

0.45

11.3

125

84

3180 14.1

0.210

0.213

0.249

200

235

Oilnut

1/0

62.25

10.1

1.52

0.52

13.2

168

113

3850 17.1

0.163

0.166

0.195

235

270

CEA 1/0 A2 LW* 1/0

61.61

10.0

1.52

0.52

13.2

167

112

3780 16.8

0.166

0.269

0.197

235

265

Waterash

78.74

11.4

1.52

0.57

14.5

204

137

4850 21.6

0.130

0.132

0.154

270

310

2/0

CEA 2/0 A2 LW*

2/0

77.61

11.3

1.52

0.57

14.4

202

136

4760 21.2

0.132

0.134

0.157

265

310

Shellbark

3/0

99.16

12.8

1.52

0.62

15.9

247

166

6110 27.2

0.103

0.105

0.123

310

360

CEA 3/0 A2 LW*

3/0

97.87

12.6

1.52

0.62

15.8

246

1165

6005 26.7

0.104

0.106

0.124

305

360

Planetree

4/0

125.1

14.3

1.52

0.69

17.4

302

203

7705 34.3

0.082

0.083

0.097

355

415

CEA 4/0 A2 LW*

4/0

123.4

14.2

1.52

0.68

17.4

300

201

7570 33.7

0.083

0.084

0.099

355

415

* Designates a construction and conductor size which is included in the CEA WCWG-06 specification when built with "/MD" or "/ XLP"
covering.
** note- The code name Hornbeam is an accepted name for the 6201 covered line wire in the USA. In Canada, the same code name is used
for 300 kcmil compact stranded, all aluminum stranded conductor (ASC), PE covered line wire.
note - The AWG size indicated represents a size with equivalent electrical resistance of the same gauge size of a 1350 all aluminum
conductor (as per ICEA S-70-547). The mm2 size is the actual cross-sectional area of the 6201 T81 conductor. The grade of aluminum alloy
utilized by General Cable also meets the requirements of 6201 T81 alloy material. To convert mm2 to kcmil, multiply value x 1974.
note - The AWG size indicated represents a size with equivalent electrical resistance of the same gauge size ACSR conductor (as per CEA
WCWG-06). The mm2 size is the actual cross-sectional area of the 6101 T81 conductor. The grade of aluminum alloy utilized by General
Cable also meets the requirements of 6202 T81 alloy material. To convert mm2 to kcmil, multiply value x 1974.
(1) Codeword modified with the suffix "/MD" denotes product manufactured with Medium Density PE; "/XLP" denotes product manufactured
with XLPE insulation.
(2) Thickness of covering to ICEA S-70-547 (which is equivalent to the CEA WCWG-06 specification).
(3) Rated strength is based on CSA C49.1 calculation method and include the ICEA S-70-547 0.9 derating factor.
(4) Based on conductivity of 52.5% (average lot) IACS @20C for the aluminum alloy material. To convert to ohm/km multiply value x 3.281.
(5) Based on conductor temp. of 75C, 32C ambient, 0.6 m/sec (2 ft/sec) crosswind, 0.6 coefficient of emissivity, full sun. (as per CSA C22.3 Part 1).
(6) XLPE coverings are not recommended for use with ACSR, Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy conductors when used for line wire applications
where sag and tension requirements must be maintained. Operation of the conductor at temperatures in excess of 93C will lead to loss in
tensile strength of the aluminum strand components. The loss in strength will decrease the rated strength of the conductor and increase
conductor sag distance. The indicated ampacity value is based on conductor temp. of 90C, 32C ambient, 0.6 m/sec (2 ft/sec) crosswind, 0.6
coefficient of emissivity, full sun (as per CSA C22.3 Part 1).

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Overhead Conductors

Utility

Weatherproof Overhead Line Wire


Single Conductor LLDPE or XLPE Covered Line Wire to ICEA S-70-547 and/or CEA WCWG-06
COVERED COPPER CONDUCTOR, SOLID OR CONCENTRIC-LAY-STRANDED
CODE
WORD (1)

CONDUCTOR SIZE
AWG/
mm2
kcmil

STRAND

CONDUCTOR
DIAMETER
mm

COVERING
THICKNESS
mm (2)

OVERALL
DIAMETER
inches
mm

OVERALL WEIGHT
kg/km lb/kft

RATED
STRENGTH (3)
lb
kN

RESISTANCE (4)
/1000FT
DC@20C AC@75C AC@90C

AMPS
PE(5) XLPE(6)

MEDIUM HARD DRAWN COPPER


*

13.3

4.1

0.76

0.22

5.7

129

87

920

4.1

0.404

0.418

0.548

120

140

21.1

5.9

0.76

0.29

7.5

210

140

1500

6.7

0.259

0.268

0.351

165

190

33.6

7.4

1.14

0.38

9.8

335

225

2360 10.5

0.163

0.168

0.221

215

250

42.4

8.3

1.14

0.42

10.7

420

280

2955 13.1

0.129

0.134

0.175

250

290

1/0

53.5

9.4

1.52

0.49

12.5

540

360

3705 16.5

0.102

0.106

0.139

285

335

2/0

67.4

19

10.5

1.52

0.54

13.6

670

450

4610 20.6

0.082

0.084

0.110

330

385

3/0

85.0

19

11.9

1.52

0.59

15.1

835

560

5810 25.8

0.064

0.067

0.088

380

445

4/0

107

19

13.4

1.52

0.65

16.5

1045

700

7280 32.4

0.051

0.053

0.069

440

515

350
compressed

177

37

16.9

1.52

0.79

20.1

1700

1140

5940 26.4

0.030

0.032

0.041

605

710

500
compressed

253

37

20.0

2.03

0.96

24.5

2455

1650

8475 37.7

0.021

0.022

0.029

745

875

500
compact

253

36

18.8

2.03

0.91

23.0

2425

1630

8475 37.7

0.021

0.022

0.029

735

860

SOFT DRAWN COPPER

(1) Codeword modified with the suffix "/MD" denotes product manufactured with Medium Density PE; "/XLP" denotes product manufactured with
XLPE insulation.
(2) Thickness of covering to ICEA S-70-547 (which is equivalent to the CEA WCWG-06 specification).
(3) Rated strength is based on ASTM B8 calculation method and includes the ICEA S-70-547 0.9 derating factor. For annealed copper, based on a
minimum tensile strength of 24,000 psi.
(4) Based on conductivity of 100% (average lot) IACS @20C for copper. To convert to ohm/km multiply value x 3.281.
(5) Based on conductor temp. of 75C, 32C ambient, 0.6 m/sec (2 ft/sec) crosswind, 0.6 coefficient of emissivity, full sun (as per CSA C22.3 Part 1).
(6) Based on conductor temp. of 90C, 32C ambient, 0.6 m/sec (2 ft/sec) crosswind, 0.6 coefficient of emissivity, full sun (as per CSA C22.3 Part 1).
* Designates a construction and conductor size which is included in the CEA WCWG-06 specification when built with "/MD" or "/ XLP" covering.

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