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casestudy

client
Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) supplies generation, transmission and
distribution of electricity for 8.7 million customers in Peninsular Malaysia and
Sabah in East Malaysia, with a network including 65,167 substations and
139,238 switchgear sets. In 2005, TNB launched a 20 year plan to become a
world-class player by 2025.

PD measurement helps cut


switchgear failures by 71%

Total Nos of
MV Switchgear Fault
700
600

667
544

500

455

400
300

273

200

194

100
0

08-09

09-10

10-11

11-12

12-13

challenge


Reduce failures to achieve world class network performance and
customer service
Upgrade maintenance from time-based to condition-based
Use PD measurement as part of TNBs multi- tiered maintenance
management system, based on asset health

solution

T
 ier 1 maintenance: UltraTEV Plus+ and UltraTEV Contact Probe are
used to detect and measure surface and internal PD, as part of routine
inspections
Tier 2 maintenance: UltraTEV Locator is used to pinpoint and collect
more information, where PD is detected
Tier 3 maintenance: UltraTEV Monitor is used for detailed investigation of
the health of assets that may cause failures

benefits

T
 NBs Three Tier maintenance strategy has delivered a sustained fall in
switchgear failures, from 667 to 194 pa in five years
H
 ealth Index approach has enabled TNB to implement a highly efficient
Distribution Maintenance Management System (DMMS)
E
 ffective solution for asset management and risk mitigation helps meet
TNBs regulatory requirements

Using EA Technologys
UltraTEV instruments to
measure Partial Discharge
(PD) activity has helped TNB
to reduce MV switchgear
failures by 71% over five
years.

condition monitoring products

EA Technologys instruments dramatically improve the management of electrical assets, by enabling users to:
Non-intrusively identify, locate and measure Partial Discharge (PD) emissions, which are characteristic of faults
that cause failures (85% of substation failures are PD-related)
Collect detailed information on the condition of key assets, including switchgear and cables
Use condition data to manage maintenance and replacement more efficiently, at lower cost

UltraTEV Plus+

The ideal first pass condition tester. Ultrasonic and Transient Earth Voltage
(TEV) sensors measure PD activity on the surface of plant and internally, to
identify immediately where faults are developing. Highly accurate and very easy
to use essential equipment for every power engineer.

UltraTEV Locator

A versatile and accurate tool, which can be used in single probe survey mode
or with two probes together, to investigate PD faults in detail. Locates the
source of PD activity to within 10cm and records the severity and frequency
of discharges, together with environmental factors (temperature, humidity and
atmospheric pressure) which affect them.

UltraTEV Monitor

The worlds most powerful substation monitoring system. Continuously


measures and records the condition of hundreds of assets simultaneously,
including cables, using six different sensor types. Alarm function automatically
warns of developing faults. Easy to install and configure. Included software
automatically analyses condition data and produces clear management reports.