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Subcommittee Secretary, Working Group Members, Containment & Control Testing


Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, and Oklahoma

Project Highlights

  • Serving as secretary to the Containment & Control Testing Subcommittee
  • Reorganizing the guide to make it more user friendly
  • Revising the regulatory sections
  • Updating the guide to include discussion of newer technologies
  • Presentation of the manual’s tutorial at various IEEE substation committee meetings
  • Comparison and testing of available secondary containment technologies

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization. It serves professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic, and computing fields and related areas of science and technology. IEEE has more than 422,000 members in more than 160 countries.

Since 2009, ECT has managed the revisions of IEEE’s guide to containing oil spills in electrical substations (IEEE Std 980-2013). The guide, recognized as an industry standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), was published in 2013. ECT is currently developing additions and managing edits for the updating guide that will be published in 2021.

The guide covers:

  • Prevention & containment of oil spills in substations
  • Identification of environmental & regulatory reasons for containment
  • Identification of typical sources of oil spills in substations
  • Providing information on typical designs & materials for containment & dewatering systems at substations
  • Providing information on oil containment & control of oil spills at substations
  • Providing general criteria to determine when containment may be needed
  • Providing guidelines to prepare a typical SPCC plan in accordance with U.S. Federal Regulations – CFR Title 40 Part 112

As working group members, ECT tested, compared, and contrasted multiple control technologies referenced in the guide, and identified the most effective technologies for various environmental conditions. ECT created comparison tables with parameters for climate, required hydraulic head, maintenance considerations, flow rates, sedimentation, and footprint. The tests included effectiveness of handling oil sheens and catastrophic oil loss, flow rate, liner bonding, oil detection sensitivity and reliability, and the effect of sediment on control effectiveness.