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DUBAI ELECTRICITY & WATER AUTHORITY

REGULATIONS
FOR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS
1997 EDITION

P.O. BOX 564


DUBAI
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

DUBAI ELECTRICITY & WATER AUTHORITY (DEWA)


REGULATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS

1997 - EDITION

INTRODUCTION

This edition supersedes the 'WIRING REGULATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION AND APPROVED CODE OF PRACTICE IN
DUBAI' issued in the year 1985 by the then DUBAI ELECTRICITY
COMPANY.
The object of the Regulations is to provide Consultants , Contractors,
Wiremen and Consumers with a general guide for compliance with
DEWA's requirements for electric installations in order to safegua rd
persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity.
The Regulations, however, are not intended to substitute detailed
spec ifications nor to serve as an instruct ion manual for untrained
persons. It is essential that all Consultants, Contractors and Wiremen
study and abide by these Regulations. This, of course, does not absolve
the concerned parties from obtaining other necessary approvals from
DEWA.
Some of the practices followed gene rally in the AGCC Countries
have been adapted as appropriate. References are generally made
to the sixteenth edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations, British Standards (BS) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) documents Consideration has been given to the prevention of fire and
shock hazards as well as proper operation and maintenance of wiring installations and equipment.

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CONTENTS
Clause

Page

INTRODUCTION

SECTION 1 :
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.9
1.1o
1.11
1.12
1.13

3.1
3.2
3.3

1 4

Scope
Electricity Supply
Ambient Conditions
Approved Contractors
Workmanship
Standards for equipment and materials
Submission of Drawings
Power Factor (P.F.) Correction
Under Voltage (U.V.) Relays with Auto-Reset Timer
Harmonics and rapid voltage changes
Inspection and testing or installations
Maintenance, periodic inspection and testing
Extensions and <1
lterations

SECTION 2:

DEFINITIONS

5-8

SECTION 3:

DEWA INCOMING SUPPLY ANO TARIFF METERING

9 11

SELECTION OF CABLES, EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS &


WIRING SYSTEMS

12 20

General
Point of Supply
Tariff Metering

SECTION 4:

4.1
4.2
4.2. 1
4.2.2
4.2.3
4.2.4
4.2.5
4.2.6
4.2.7
4.3
4.3.1
4.3.2
4.4
4.5
4.5.1
4.5.2

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

General
Cables and Conductors
Selection
Minimum Size of Conductors
Current rating, size ,rnd Voltage drop
Colour Identification
Wiring Installations Exposed to High Temperatures
Wiring Installations in Hazardous areas
Load Balancing
Wiring Accessories and Fittings
Conduits and Fittings
Trunking
Cable Trays & supports
Low Voltage Switchgearand Control Gear Assemblies
Main & Sub-Main Dislribution Boards
Final Distribution Boards

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Clause

4.6
4.6 .1
4 .6 .2
4.6.3
4.6.4
46 .5
4 .6 .6
4.6.7
4.6.8
4.6 .9
4.6 .10
4.6 .1 1
4.7
4.7 .1
4.7.2

Page
Apparatus & Accessories
Switches
Plugs and Socket-Outlets
Coo ker Contro l Units
Household and similar electrica l appliances
Control of Water Heaters
Cont rol of Air Conditioning Unit/equipment
Extra Low Voltage Safety Apparatus
H.V. Discharge Lighting Equipment
Safety and Emergency Ligllt Fittings
Electric Motors and Starters
Standby Generators
Assessment of conn.ected load and max. demand
Lighting & sma ll power circuits
Maximum demand

SECTIONS:
5.1
5.2
5 .3
5 .4

5.5

8.1

23 - 25

INSTALLATION OF CABLES, EQUIPMENT,


ACCESSORIES AIIID W IRING SYSTEMS

26 -28

Armoured Cab les


Distribution Boards
Busbar trunking systems (Busways)
Wiring systems and Accessories
Segregat ion of circuits , Phases and wiring systems
Mounting heights of Accessories
Identificat ion Labels and No1ices

SECTION 8:

8.2

INSTALLAT ION OF CONDU ITS, TRUNK ING,


TRAYS & ACCESSORIES

Trunking and Conduits


Cable Trays

SECT ION 7:

7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.4.1
7.4 .2
7.4.3

21 22

Consumer's Earthing System


Consumer's Main Earth Electrode
Earth Continu ity Conductor (ECC)
Earth Leakage Protect ion
Equipotential Bonding

SECTIONS:

6.1
6.2

EARTHING ANO EAR TH LEAKAG E PROTECT ION

POWER FACTOR CORRECTION CAPAC ITORS AND


UNDER VOLTAGE RELAYS

Power Factor (PF) Correction


Under Voltage (U.V.) Relays with Au to-reset timer

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Clause

Page

SECTION 9 :

CONSTRUCTION SITE INSTALLATIONS

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9 .1
9 .2
9.3

Genera l
Wiring systems and Distribulion Boards
Earth Leakage Protection

Appendix

APPEND ICES

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1.

Reference Slandards
Details of Connected Load/Max. Demand (format)
Load Distribution Schedule - 3 phase (format)
Load Distribution Schedule - 1 phase (format)
Electr ical Symbols
Contracto r's Inspection Certificates (format)
Typical arrangement of Metering Ca binet on Compound Wall
Typical arrangement of kWh meters in Electrical Service Room
Typical Electrical serv ices room with 1 No. MDB
Typical Electrical serv ices room with 1 No. Cubicle type L.V. Switchboard/
Pane l
Selection of Cables
Table 1 : Single Core PVC Insulated non-armoured,
Stranded Copper Conductors.
Table 2 :- Multi Core armoured PVC insulated,
Copper Conductors.
Table 3 :- Multi Core armoured XLPE insulated,
Copper Conductors.
Colour Identificat ion of unarmoured, armoured and
flexible cable cores and bare conductors .
Specificat ions of MDBs/SMDBs (format)
Specifications of DBs (format)
Earth Continuity Conductors (ECCs) and Equipotent ial
Bond ing Conductors .
Earth Leakage Protection.
Spacing of Supports for Trunking, Condu its and Cables.
Number of Cables that may be insta lled in Trunk ing,
Conduits and Trays.
Data Schedule for LV Electricity Meters and Current Transfo rmers.

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2.
3.
4.

5.

6.
7.

(A)

(B)
(C)
(D)
8.

9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.

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DUBAI ELECTRICITY & WATER AUTHORITY


REGULAT IONS FOR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS

SECTION -1

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

1.1

SCOPE

The Regulations apply to the requirements of all electrical installations in or about


buildings and any additions, alterations and extensions to the existing buildings and
installations therein. in the Emirate of Dubai.
Installations, wherein construction ol High Voltage substation/s is required. shall be
referred to DEWA at the preliminary design stage for incorporating any specific
requirements.
The Regulations are not intended to take the place of a detailed specification or to
instruct untrained persor)s or to provide for every circumstance. Where a difficult or
special situation arises which is not covered or allowed for in the Regulations, the
DEWA may be sought to obtain specific advice.

1.2

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

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The nominal electric supply voltage from DEWA is 220/380V 10%, 50 Hz. Phase,
4 wire with separate neutral and protective conductor (generally metallic covering of
the cable supplying the installations). The neutral is solidly earthed at DEWA's
substations and shall not normally be earthed elsewhere in the electrical installations.
The design fault level within the subs1ation is 40 kA (fault duration - 1 Sec), except fo r
!use protected equipment/circuit.
The nominal voltage of existing 220V/380V system shall evolve towards the IEC
recommended value of 230/400V 10% (IEC .30) before the year 2005.
All equipment, apparatus, materials and accessories used in the electrical installations
shall be designed and rated for operation on this electric supply. Appropr iate
protective devices against over-voltages. fluctuations, transients & harmonics. loss of
one or more phases and any unforeseen interruptions shall b.eprovided in all consumer
rnstallat,ons as deemed essential, in addition to overload, short-circuit and earth
leakage prolective devices.

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1.3

AMBIENT CONDITIONS

All equipment , apparatus, materials and accesso ries used in the electrical installations
shall be suitable for the purpose intended and capable of operating with satisfactory
pertormance In the climatic cond itions of the Emirate of Dubai which are as follows :
Altitude
Max. outdoor ambient temperature (shade)
Min. Ambient Air Temperature
Max. Ambient Air Termpe rature
Max. average over 24 Hrs.
Max. average over 1 Year
Relative humidity
Thunder storms per year
Earthquake Loading
Wind speed
Ground Temperature

Sea Level (Coastal)

48 c
2.8 C
48 c
37.8 c
26.9 c
100 % (Max.)

Occasiona l
007g
45 mis at 1o m heigllt

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(at depth of 0.9 Mir.)

Soil thermal resistivity

2.0 C/m/w

Heavy condensat ion and sand storms also prevail.

1 .4

APPROVED CONTRACTORS

Each contractor who undertakes electrical installations is required to have at least one
electrica l engineer/electrician who holds a valid Competency Licence issued by
DEWA and is responsible for correct installation and shall supe rvise and test the entire
electr ical works . The Competency Licences will be issued by DEWA only to those
individuals who fulfil the requirements setforth by DEWA, can understand and apply
DEWA's Regulations.

1.5

WORKMANSHIP

All electrical installations shall be carried out in a neat, orderly workman like man ner.
Carefu l attention shall be paid to the mechanica l execution of the work in connect ion
with any electrical installation.

1.6

STANDA RDS FOR EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

All electrical installations shall comp ly with the requirements of the Regu lations ,
relevant DEWA's Technical Specificatio ns, latest Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations,
and any other Regulations issued by DEWA from time to time. In case of contrad iction,
DEWA's Regulations shall prevail.
All equipment, apparatus, materials and accessories complying with the current
Standa rds quoted in Appendix1 and/or conforming to relevant IEC (Interna tional
Electrotech nical commission) and ISO (International Standards Organizat ion) recorn
mendations shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of the Regulations, unless
otherwise specified.

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1.7

SUBMISSION OF DRAWI NGS


Before the commencement of any electrical insta llations, large or small , new o r
addi tional, following details and draw ings of \he proposed installations shall be
subm itted to DEWA, for review and approval thereof :
i)

Connec ted Load/Maximum Demand in the prescribed fo rm given In Appendix -2.

ii)

Single Line Diagram, showing tile L.V Distribution and tariff (kWh) metering
(Refer to Appendix-5, tor symbols) and relevant technical spec ifications .

iii)

Load Distribution Schedule/s of final d istribution boa rd/s as per prescribed


forms, given in Appendix -3 & 4.

iv)

Genera l arrangement and dimensio nal layout of electrica l switch roomls and/or
enclosurefs w ith KWh metering facili ties, as applicable .

v)

Sill:! setting-out plan/key plan w ith details of all e.xternal electrica l services .

vi)

W iring layouts of the installations. (Refer to Appendix-5, tor sym bols)

The design and layout drawings of substat ions which are specif ied tor individual
installations, shall also be prepared in com pliance with DEWA 's Regulat ions for
substa tions. and subm itted In advance tor approval.

1.8

POWER FACTOR (P. F.) CORRECHON


Th e overall Power Factor of all consumer installations shall be maintained within 0.9
(lagg ing) and unity.
Genera lly all central air-conditioning plants, window & split type aor-condihoning
units/equipm ent shall Incorporate integral means for power factor correction to
achieve and mainta in a power factor not less than 0.9 tagging thro ugho ut their norma l
working range.
All light fittings wit~, discharge lamp s. mercury vapour/sod ium vapour , fluorescent
tubes, etc. sha ll Incorporate capacitors to obtain a powe r factor of 0 .9 or above,
lagging. Guidelines on requirem ent of PF Improvemen ts is also given in Sect ion 8.1 of
the Regula tions .

1.9

UNDER VOLTAGE (U. V.) RELAYS WITH AUTO-RESET T IMER


All air-condit ioners or air-conditioning units/plants/equipment installed within the
consumer installat ion shall be provided with U.V. relays with auto -reset timer . The
guidelines on requirement of UV relays are also given in Section 8.2 of the regulations.

1. tO

HARMONICS AND RAPID VOLTAGE CHANGES


Harmon ics ot the supply voltage are caused mainly by cons umer's non linear loads
connected to the supply system.
A cons ume r's load is not allowed to cause deviat ions of the voltage characteristics
other than those allowed in European Standard EN 50160, Nov. 1994. Any excess
deviations shall be com pensated by the consumer at his cost.

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1.11

INSPECTION AND TESTING OF INSTALLATIONS


Contrac Jors shall be required to subm it their "Inspection Certificates" in the presc ribed
torm. given in Appendix-6 , on comple lion of Jhe electrical installations. All installations
and equipment installed !herein, shall be subject to DEwA s inspection, testing and
final approval before connecting the e lectric supply.
The firs! inspection and testing by DEWA may be free ot charge. All installations
which require re-inspection and re-testing may be ch,uged for each subsequent
inspectio.n, based on the type of consumer installation, connected load, etc. and as
specified in Regulation 3. 1.1 of Sectio n-3.

1.12

MAINTENANCE , PERIODIC INSPECTION AND TESTING


Maintenance. periodic inspection and testing of every installation shall be carried out
to ensure safety and satisfactory performance . The frequency of periodic inspection
and testing of an installation shall be determ ined by the type or installation, its use and
operallon . the frequency of maintenance and the external Influences to which it is
subjected. Industrial and commercial installations shall at least be inspected every 2
years by an independant Consu ltant/Contractor . The ConsultanVContractor or person
responsible for the maintenance, inspection and testing sha ll report to DEWA, in
writing, any defects found in related pa rts of the existing installations and their rectif ication. together with a schedule of test resu lts_
Every installation shall also be subject to periodic, randorn Inspection by DEWA. T he
consume r shall arrange rectification of the defects, ii any. notified by OEWA, at his
own cost.

1.13

EXTENSIONS AND ALTERATIONS


The consumer shall not make any extens ions or alterations to his electrical installat ion
without obta ining prior approval from DEWA .
Application in DEWA's presc ribed form shall be submitted for every project/insta llation
whatsoeve r. large or small. new or addit ions, for provision of DEWA's supply lines and
equipment, subject to terms and conditions issued by DEWA from time to time.

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SECTION 2
DEFINITIONS
Following definitions shall apply for the purpose or the Regulations.
Accessory. A device, other than current-using equipment. associated with such equipment or
with the wiring of an installation.
Ambient temperature. The temperature of the air or other medium whe re the equipment is to
be used.
Appliance. An item of current-using equipment other than a luminaire or an Independent motor,
Arm 's reach. A zone or accessibility to touch. extending from any point on a suriace where persons usually stand or move about to the limits which a person can reach with a hand in any
direction without assistance.
Barrier. A parl providing a defined degree of protection against contact with live parts from any
usual direct.ion of access.
Bonding conductor. A protective conductor providing equipotential bonding.
Bunched. Cables are said to be bunched when two or more are contained within a single
conduit , duct, ducting, or trunking or, if not enclo sed, are not separated from each other by a
specified distance.
Cable cleat. A component of a support system, which consists of elements spaced at intervals
along the length of the cable or conduit and which mechanically retains the cable or conduit.
Cable Tray . A cable support consisting of a cont inuous base with raised edges and no covering. A cable tray is considered to be non-perforated, where less than 30% of the material is
removed from the base.
Cable trunking . A manufactured enclosure I.or the protection of cables, normally or rectangular
cross section. of which one side is removable or hinged.
Circuit. An assembly of electr ical equipment supplied from the same origin and protected
against overcurrent by the same protective device(s) .
Circuit-breaker. A device capable of making. carrying and breaking normal load current and
also making and automatically breaking, under pre-determined conditions, abnormal currents
such as short-circuit currents. It is usually required to operate infrequently although some types
are suitable for frequent operation.
Conduit. A part of closed wiring system for cables in electrical installations, allowing them to be
drawn in and/or replaced. but not inserted latera lly.
Current carrying capacity of a conductor. The maximum current which can be carried by a
conductor under specified conditions without its steady state temperature exceeding a specified
value.
Current-using equipment. Equipment which converts electrical energy into another form of
energy. such as light, heat or motive power.
Distribution board. An assembly containing switching or protective devices (e.g. fuses,
circui t-breakers, residua l current opera ted devices) assoc iated with one or more outgo ing
circuits fed from one or more incoming circuits, together with term inals for the neutra l and
protective circuit conductors. It may also include signalling and other control devices. Means of
isolation may be included in the board or may be providod separately .

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Double insulation. Insulation comprising both basic insulation and supplementary insu lation.
Duct. A closed passageway lormed underground or in a structure and intended to receive one
or more cables which may be drawn In.
Earth. The conductive mass of the Earth, whose electric potential at any point is conventiona lly
taken as zero.
Earth electrode. A conductor or group ol conductors in intimate contact with, and providing an
electrical connection to, Earth.
Earth electrode resistance. The resistance of an earth electrode to Earth.
Earth fault current. A fault current which flows to Earth.
Earth leakage current. A current which flows to Earth, or to extraneousconduct iveparts , in a
clrcuil which is electrically sound. This current may have a capacitive component including that
resulting from the deliberate use of capacitors.
Earthing. Connection ol the exposed-conductive -parts of an iris tallation to the main earthing
terminal of that installation.
Earthing conductor. A protective conductor connecting the main earthing terminal of an
installation to an earth electrode or to other means of earthing.
Electric shock. A dangerous physiological effect resulting from the passing or an electric
current through a human body or livestock.
Electrical installation. An assembly of associated electrical equipment supplied from a
common origin to fulfil a specific purpose and having certain co -ordinated character istics.
Emergency switching . An operation intended to remove, as quickly as possible, danger, which
may 11aveoccurred unexpectedly.
Enclosure. A part providing protection of equipment against certa in external influences and in
any direction protection against direct contact.
Equipment. Any item for such purposes as generation, conversion, transmission, distribution or
utilisation of electrical energy, such as machines, transformers, apparatus. measuring
ir1struments, protective devices. wiring systems, aocessories. appliances and luminaires.
Equipotential bonding. Electrical connection maintaining various exposed-conductive parts
and extra neous conduct ive parts at substantially the same potential.
Exposed-conductive part. A conductive part of equipment wllicti can be touched and wh ich is
not a live part but which may become live under faull conditions.
External influence. Any influence external to an electrical installation which affects the design
and sale operation of that installation.
Fault. A circuit condition in which current flows through an abnormal or un:....:mded path. This
may result from an insulation failure or a bridg ing of insulation. Conventionally the impedance
between live conductors or between live conductor and exposed-or extraneous-conductive-parts
at the fault position is considered negligible.

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Fault current. A current resulting frorn a fault.


Final circuit. A circuit connected directly to current-using equipment, or to a socket-outlet or
socket-outlets or other outlet points for the connection of such equipment.
Fixed equipment. Equipment designed to be fastened to a support or otheiwise secured in a
specific location.
Ftexibte cable. A cable whose structure and materials make it suitable to be flexed while in
service.
Flexible cord. A llexible cable in which the cross-sectional area ol each conductor does not
exceed 4mm2 .
Insulation. Suitable non-conductive material enclosing, surrounding or supporting a conductor.
Isolation. A mechamcal switching device which, in the open position, complies with the
requirements specified for isolation. An isolator is othe,wise known as a disconnecter.
live part. A conductor or conductive part intended I<>be energised in normal use, including a
neutral conductor.
luminaire. Equipment which distributes. filters or transforms the light from one or more lamps,
and which includes any parts necessary for supporting, fixing and protecting the lamps, but not
the lamps themselves. and, where necessary, circuit auxiliaries together with the means for
connecting them to the supply. For the purposes of the Regulations a lampholder. however
supported. is deemed to be a lurriinaire.
LV switchgear and controlgear assembly. A combination or one or more low-voltage
switching devices together with associated contro l. measuring. signalling, protective. regulating
equipment, etc. completely assembled under the responsibility of IM milriutacturer with all the
internal electrical and mechanical interconnection and structural parts. The components of the
assembly may be electromechanical or electronic . The assembly may be either type-tested or
partially type-lested (see BS 5486 Part 1).
Main earthing terminal. The terminal or bar provided for the connection of protective
conductors, including equipotential bonding conductors, and conductors tor functional earthing,
ii any, to the means of earthing.
Neutral conductor. The neutral conductor of a 3-phase 4-wire system or the conductor of a
single phase installation which is earthed at the source of the supply.
Non-combustible. A non-combustible material is one which is not capable of undergoing
combustion and satisfies the performance requirements complying with BS 476-Part 4 & Part 5.
Nominal voltage. Voltage by which an installation (or part of an installation) is designated. The
following ranges of nominal voltage (r.m.s. values for a.c.) are defined :
Extra tow . Normally not exceediog 50 V a.c. or 120 V ripple free d.c. , whether
between conductors or Earth.
Low. Normally exceeding extra-low voltage but not exceeding 1000 V a.c. or 1500 V
d .c. between conductors, or 600 V a .c. or 900 V d.c. between conductors and Earth.
The actual voltage of the installation may differ trom the nominal value by a quantity within
normal tolerances.

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Overcurrent. A current exceeding the rated value . For conductors the rated value is the
current -carry ing capac ity .
Overload current. An overcurrent occurring in a circu it which is electrically sound.
Point (in wiring}. A termination ot the fixed wiring intended lor the connec tion of current -using
equipment.
PVC (as insulation
BS 6746.

or sheath

of cable). Polyv inyl Ch loride Compound complying with

Protective Conductor/Earth
Continuity Conductor (ECC). A conductor used lor some
measu res of protection against electr ic shock and intended for connect ing together any of the
follow ing parts.
i)

exposed-conductive -parts.

ii)

extraneous-conductive -parts.

iii)

the main earthing terminal.

iv)

earth electrode(s).

v)

the earthed point of the source , or :an artificial neutral.

Residual curren t . The vector sum of the instantaneous values of curren t flowing through all five
conduc tors of a circu it at a point in the electrical installation.
Residual current device . A mechan ical switching device or association of devices intended to
cause the opening of tile contacts when the residual curren t attains a given value under
specified conditions.
Resistance area (for an earth electrode only). The-surface area of ground (around an earth
electrode) on wh ich a significant voltage gradient may exist.
Ring circuit. A circu it arranged in the form of a ring and connected to a single point 01 supply .
Short -circuit current. An overcurrent resulting from a fault of negligib le impedance between
live conductors having a di fference in potential under normal operating cond itions .
Socket-outlet. A device, provided with female contacts, wh ich Is Intended to be insta lled with
the fixed wiring, and intende d lo receive a plug. A luminaire track system is not regarded as a
socket-outlet system.
Space factor. The ratio (expresse d as a pe rcentage) of the surn of the effective overall
cross -secttona l area of cables forming a bunch to the internal cross -sectional area of the con
duit . pipe, duct, trunking or channe l in which they are installed.
Switch. A mechanical device capable of making , carrying and breaking current under normal
circuit condit ions . which may include specified ope rating overload cond itions, and also of
carryi ng current fo r a specified abnormal circuit conditions such as those of short-ci rcuit. It may
also be capab le of making, but not breaking, short -circuit currents.
Switchboard . An assembly of switchgear with o r without instruments, but the term does not
app ly to groups of local switches in final circuits .
Switchgear. An assembly of main and auxiliary switching apparatus fo r opera tion, regulation,
pro tection o r other control of an electrica l installa tion.
XLPE (as insulation of cable}. Cross linked polyethylene comp lying with BS 5467 .

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SECTION 3
DEWA INCOMING SUPPLY AND TARIFF METERING
3.1

GENERAL

3.1.1

Power supply from OEWA network shall be subject to terms, conditions. lees, lariffs
and instructions issued by DEWA from time to time.

3.1.2

The details of nominal electric supply from DEWA and general requirements, k>r
compliance, are specified in Section. 1 of 1he Regulations.

3.1.3

Consumer shall, before commencement of building construction, obtain confirmation


from DEWA on availability of power supp ly.

3.1.4

In general, where the total connected load exceeds 400 kW, provision shall be made
within the building or plot for DEWA's substation. In some circumstances a substation
may be required for connected load less than 400 kW. These requirements shall be
confirmed in the issue ol DEWA's No Objection Certificate which shall be revalidated
at the end of every six month period.

3. 1.5

The consumer shan take all steps necessary to protect and keep sale DEWA's supply
lines and equipment and shall immediately report any defect in or damage to any of
DEWA's lines or equipment.

3.2

POINT OF SUPPLY

3.2.1

The point of supply which defines the boundary of DEWA equipment and where elec
tricity is made available to the consumer shall be decided by DEWA. Point of
supply shall be made available only at one location, within a plot/p roject. unless
otherwise approved f specified by DEWA .

3.2.2

The circuit breakerfs and/or main distribution board/s provided at the incoming point of
supply shall be designed and rated to suit particular applications and complying with
regulations specified in clauses 4.5 & 7.2 .

3.2.3

The main circuit breaker/sat the point of supply (main switch) shall be marKed as such
and Identifiable from other breakers to operate easily in an emergency. Where more
than one incoming supply is available, in any premises, each 'Main Switch' shalt be
marked to indicate which Installation or section of the installation it controls.

3.2.4

Where a main L.V. dist'ribution panel is connected directly to the low voltage side of
the transformer. the main incomer ci rcuit breaker proposed in the L.V. panel is
recomrnended to be totally withdrawable type air circuit breaker.

3.2.5

Where consumer's Main Low Voltage distribution board/panel is connected to DEWA's


two or more distribution transformers, separate bus-sections with mechanically and
electrically interlocked bus-section brea kers/isolators shall be provided.

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3.2.6

All incoming cable terminations/Live connections in metering cabinets and other main
and sub-main distribution boards shall be adequately shrouded and insulated.
All exposed Live terminal Connections and bus bars in any low voltage distribution
board shall be shrouded ancf/or insulated to DEWA's approval.

3.2.7

Consumer's main & sub-main Panels/Distribution Board/s and final distribution boards
shall be installed in locations to which access is available at all times. A minimum
space of 1500 mm shall be provided in the front and 750 mm on the sides, to permit
safe operation, inspection, testing and maintenance, for cubicle type panels/switch
boards. Panels with rear access doors shall have, In addition, a minimum space of 750
mm in the rear. The mounting height (to the top of the board/s) shall normally be 2
metres from the ground/floor level.

3.2.8

All electrical switch rooms shall be adequately ventilated and provided with necessary
heavy duty exhaust fan/s and fire resistant/metallic louvered doorls, as applicable.
Adequate level of illumination shall be provided to fac ilitate sale operation at all times.

3.2.9

Incoming supply cable/s to the consumer's main Distribution Boiird/s shall be totally
segregated and identified from the consumer's cables.

3.2. 1O

Termination or incoming supply cable at the Consumer's Metering Cabinet/Main


Distribution Board (MOB) shall be carried out by consumer's contractor. in accordance
with Regulations 7.1.8 and 7.1.9.

3.3

TARIFF METERING

3.3.1

For individual consumer premises, such as villas, farms, gardens, accommodation


blocks, etc. the metering cabinet, with main incomer circuit breaker and metering shall
be installed outside, recessed, in the compound wall.

3.3.2

In multiple consumer premises such as residential/commercial buildings, Industries.


large utility complexes. schools, etc. the main and sub-main distribution boards with
;issociated metering shall be Installed in separate electrical switch rooms. in locations
close to the entrance boundary line and to wl1ich access is available at all times for
operation, testing, Inspection, maintenance and repair. Prior approval shall be obtained from DEWA as specified in Clause 1.7 ot Section 1 for every such premises.

3.3.3

All tariff metering will normally be provided by DEWA and restricted to one for each
consumer installation, unless otherwise approved/specified by DEWA.

3.3.4

The minimum space required tor installation or kWh meter shall be 300 mm wide and
400 mm high.

3.3.5

The general arrangement and dimensional layout of the metering cabinets and array
of meters installed in electrical switch room/s and enclosure along witt1 associated
wiring shall be subject to DEWA's approval. The typlcal arrangement ot kWh metering
cabineVkWh meters is given, tor guidance, in Appendix 7.

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3.3 .6

Meterin g by means of Current Transformers (CTs) shall be installed where the circuit
breaker rating at the point of supply is 200 Amps and above . OEWA will prov ide the
kWh meter/s and associated CTs for all tariff metering. In some circumstances consu
mer may be permitted to provide the kWh meter and CTs, complying with DEWA
Technical Specifications and the Data sct1edule given in Appendix-16 . The above meter and CTs shall be tested and calibrated by DEWA prior to installation al site. The
CTs shall be located on the bus bars immediately after the circuit breaker/isolator,
where the complete installation is to be metered at. Removab le links of adequate
length shall be provided in the bus bar of each phase to enable easy maintenance and
replacement of CTs. Three CTs shall be provided for each metering.

3.3.7

The current transformer of following Rated Transformation Ratio shall be used as a


standard requirement ;
a)

200/5

b)
c)

300/5
400/5

d)

600/5

e)
f)

800/5

1200/5

g) 1600/5
11) 2400/5

3.3.8

Each Current Transiormer shall have the following markings ;


a)
b)
c)
d)

e)
f)

g)

Manufacturer's name and/or trade mark.


Rated primary current and secondary current.
Rated Frequency and primary maximum voltage.
Accuracy Class.
Rated output (VA).
Termina l (secondary winding) indentificatiori (S,. S,, ......) .
Power flow direction (P, , P,)

Manufacturer may include any other mark ings that he considers to be included.
3.3.9

T ransparent viewing window shall be provided in all metering cabinets and doors ol
enclosures housing the meters with associated distribution switchgear, for facilitating
meter reading.

3 .3.1 O

All metering cabinets and enclosures shall be constructed from fire-resistant/noncombustible material.
When meters are installed in electrica l switch room/s. fire-resistant/non-combust ible
base plates shall be provided. Single core PVC or XLPE insulated & PVC sheathed
cables to BS 6004 shall be used for connection to kWh meters, except when installed/
segregated within separate metering cabinets .

3 .3. 11

All metering cabinets/compartments shall be provided wiih padlocking and


wire-seal ing facilities on their externa l door/cover which shall normally be of hinged
type. Generally all apparatus , circuit breakers. isolators, bus bars . removab le lid
section of bus bar - trunking, etc., installed on the supply side of any DEWA's metering
shall have provision for sealing by DEWA.

3 .3.12

The metering section/compartment in all MDB/s and SMDB/s if and when Incorporated
within, shall completely be segregated from other sections/compartments.

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SECTION-4
SELECTION OF CABLES, EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS & WIR ING SYSTEMS
4.1

GENERAL

4.1.1

All equipment and materials used In electrical installations shall be of good quality.
Complying wit/1 lhe relevant sec~ons!clauses of the Regulations is a minimum
requirement.

4.1.2

Every item of equipment used in the installation shall be designed and rated for
operation on the nominal electric supply voltage declared by DEWA.

4.2

CABLES AND CONDUCTORS

4.2.1

Selection
For general purposes and in normal situations PVC/XLPE insulated, stanclard copper
conducto r cables complying with BS 6004 & BS 6346/BS 5467 shall be used for all
fixed wiring installation of buitdings.
In inflammable/explosive situations, lhe cables shall be mineral insulated copper
sheathed complying with BS 6207.
Flexible cables and cords for use in electrical installation shall be PVC insulated and
sheathed. stranded copper conductors complying with BS 6500/BS 6004 .
Cables for connection between ceiling rose and lamp holder for pendant type light
fittings and for enclosed luminaire sha ll be heat resistant silicone rubber insulated with
stranded copper conductor complying with BS 6 141.
For lifts and similar applications rubbe r Insulated or PVC insulated flexible cables
complying with BS 6977 shall be used.
kWh meter tails shall normally be sing le core PVC insulated and sheathed cables
complying with BS 6004 , as specified in Regulation 3.3.
Single core cables armoured with steel wire or tape shall not be used for a.c. circuits.

4.2.2

Minimum Size of Conductors

The minimum size of conductor used for lighting circuit shall be 1.5 mm2 and 4 mm? for
utility socket outlets.
Minimum size of conductor for flexible cables and cords shall be 1 mm2
4.2 .3

Current rating, size and Voltage drop

All cables shall be adequately sized to carry continuously the normal current of the
individual circuits based on various laying conditions, as applicable, and the maximum
ambient temperature.
Typical selection 01 the cables, recommended as a minimum, for general purpose
applications, in the Emirate of Dubai, is given in Appendix 8, Tables 1.2 &3.

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The maximum voltage drop from the point of supply to any point/equipment. appliances
and appa ratus connected in the wiring Installation shall not exceed 4% of the nominal
voltage of the electric supply, unless otherw ise specified.
4,2.4

Colour Identification
The co lour identification of insulated cable cores of unarmoured . armoured and flexible
cables and of Sleeve, band or disc of bare conductors shall be as given in Appendix -9.

4.2.5

Wiring Installations Expo sed to High Temperatures


Any pan of the wiring installations such as the individual circuit cables, final
connections to equipment . appliances and light fittings shall be suitably rated tor their
satisfactory pertormance at temperatures likely to be encounte red, by providing heat
resistant sleeves/beeds for individual core s and/or heat resistant cables .
The heat resistant sleeves and cables shall be rated for operating temperatures not
less than as C. particulary for end con nections to luminaries with incandescent and
halogen lamps and fixed heating appliances.

4.2.6

Wiring Installations in Hazardous areas


All light fittings & wiring accessories and other electrical equipment for use in potentially
hazardous atmospheres shall be selected as per the guidelines specified in BS 5345.

4.2.7

load Balancing
In all cases where three phase supply Is availed, the various ca tegories of connected
load such as lighting, socket outlets, water heaters, single phase air-conditioning units,
equipment. apparatus. etc . shall be distributed and connected on Red. Yellow and
Blue phases as evenly as possible, to ensure load balance between the phases at all
dis tribution levels.

4.3

WIRING ACCESSOR IES AND FITTINGS

4.3.1

Conduits and Fittings


PVC conduits and fittings used in bu itding installation shall be from high impact rigid
PVC complying with BS 4607, BS 6053 & BS 6099 Part 2 section 2.2. suitable for use
at ambient temperature up to 48' C. The material shall not soften or suffer structural
degradation at a temperature of 70' C and shall be non-hygroscopic, fire retardant.
Steel condu its and fittings shall comply with relevant specifications in BS 4568 , BS
6053, BS 6099 Part.1, BS 31 and shall be hot dip galvanized to class 4 protection.
both inside and outside. Flexible steel conduits and fittings shall comply with BS 731
Part 1.

4.3.2

Trunking
Where applicable, surtace and undertloor (duct) trunking and their fittings shall comp ly
with BS 4678. Trunking and fittings shall be constructed of steel, hot dip galvanized,
both inside and outside or non-combustible insulating material with removable covers.
Installation ol the trunking shall be carried out strictly as per the manufacturers'
guictetines.

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4.4

CABLE TRAYS & SUPPORTS

4.4.1

Steel cable trays, accessories and supports shall normally be hot dip galvanized or
PVC coated and shall be either of the perforated type or ladder.
The cable trays shall have adequate strength and rigidity to support the cables
Installed. The trays shall be provided with upstands on both sides.

4.4.2

All Fittings. Bends, Tees, Elbows, Couplers , etc. shall be of substantial sections and of
the same quality as the trays. Cables shall be fastened securely by puropse made
clips, cleats or saddles.

4.5

LOW VOLTAGE SWITCHGEAR AND CONTROL GEAR ASSEMBLIES

4 .5 .1

Main & Sub-Main Distribution Boards

The Main & Sub-Main Distribution Board.ls (MDB/s & SMDB/s) which are installed
within the consume r Installations shall be factory built assembly complying with relevant
BS EN60439.
The assemblies shall be constructed only ol materials capable of withstanding the
mechanical, electrical and thermal stress as well as the effec ts of humidity which are
likely to be encountered in normal service.
Apparatus forming part of the assembly shall have clearances, creepage distances and
isolating distances complying with BS EN 60439 1, maintained during the normal and
relevant service conditions .
The phase busbar, neutral bar and earth bar colour identified as given in Appendix-9.
The neutral bar shall be of the same cioss section as the phase bus bar.
The Circuit Breakers. Bus Bars. etc . provided in the MDBs and SMDBs shall be
designed and rated to suit individual applicat ions at the site conditions. The details and
parameters of the individual equipment & components in MDBs/SMDBs, In general,
may be appropriately selected and specified as per the typical guidelines given in
Appendix 1o.
In general a Voltmeter (with AYB 'OFF' selector switch), Ammeter (with CTs as
applicable), Max. Demand Indicator/recorder, P.F. meter, indicating lamps and
associated protective devices shall be provided in all MDB/s of 200 Amps rating and
above. Provision of these in SMDB/s is not precluded.
The switchgear, equipment and accessor ies shall generally comply with the standards
specified in Appendix - 1.

4 .5.2

Final Distribution Boards

The Distruibution Boar<l/s (DB/s) installed for connection of the final Circuits within the
electrical installations shall be factory built complying with BS EN 60439. An
integral Isolator shall be provided for iso lation of the incoming supply.

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The circuit breaker accessories, etc. shall generally comply with the standards
specified in Appendix-1.
Rewirable type fuses shall not be permitted in any type of wiring installation.
The details of parameters of the individual equipment & components and the DBs, in
general, may appropriately be selected and specified as per the typ ical guidelines given
in Appendix-11.

4.6

APPARATUS & ACCESSORIES

4.6.1

Switches
The switches provided tor local isolation of electric supply to individual apparatus and/
or circuits shall comply with BS 3676. The rating of the switches shall be selected
based on individual applications, such as for resistive or inductive loads. The minimum
current rating shall be 5 A.
For industrial use lhe switches shall be metal clad. Weather proof switches .shall be
used for all outdoor installations.
Switches installed for control of discharge lighting shall have a current rating not less
than twice the steady state continuous current of the circuits.

4.6.2

Plugs and Socket-Outlets

The single phase plugs and socket-outlets used fn domestic and commercial
installalions shall comply with BS 1363. The socket-outlets shall be shuttered type,
double pole, 3 pin flat type with switch.
The industrial plugs and socket-outlets shall comply with BS 4343 and shall be with
switch, integrally built in or attached to it. The rating and type ol socket-out1e1s with
plugs provided shall be selected to suit individual applications and shall not be
interchangeable for different current rat ings.

4.6.3

Cooker Control Units

Every stationary cooking appliance in domestic premises shall be controlled by a


cooker control switch complying with BS 4177, separate from the appliance and
installed within 2 meters of the appliance. The cooking appliance shall incorporate an
integral earthing terminal. The cooker control switch shall be 2 pole for 1-phase and 4
pole for 3 phase appliance and connected to a separate tinal sub-circuit from the
distribution board.
Use of cooker control unit incorporating a general purpose socket - outlet shall be
avoided, to allow grouping of socket-outlet circuits in sepa,rate 30mA RCD/ELCB
section.

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4.6.4

Household and similar electrical appliances


The electrical appliances such as water heaters, cookers, hot plates. etc. which are
used in consumer installation shall geneta lly comply with 883456

4.6.5

Control of Water Heaters


Double pole switches (with neon indicator) of appropriate rating shall be provided for
control of water heaters. The final connection to the heater shall be made from a flex
outlet plate mounted adjacent to the heater. The control switch for water heater
situated/installed In a bathroom or to ilet shall be installed immediately outside the
bathroorn /toilet.
Water heater shall be connected to a separate final sub-circuit from the distribution
board. The heater shall incorporate an integral earthing tenminat adjacent to the phase
and neutral terminals. All terminals shall be housed in suitable recess with a splash
proof removable cover. Every heater circuit shall be protected by 30 mA RCCB/ELCB.

4.6.6

Control of Air Conditioning Unit/equipment


A 15 Amp switched socket outlet shall be provided for room air-conditioners to connect
units only with cooling capacity upto to 18000 Btu/hour. Double pole switch, of
appropriate rating, with flex outlet mounted adjacent to the unit shall be provided for
control of other room air-conditioning units.
Each roorn air-conditioning unit shall be connected to a separate final sub-circuit, from
the distribution board.
A maximum of two air-conditioning units are pennitted to connect on a single phase
supply. Where three or more units are installed they shall be balanced as nearly as
possible over a three phase supply.

4.6.7

Extra Low Voltage Safety Apparatus


The extra low voltage safety apparatus such as electric buz;:ers & bells, mirrors lights &
shaver socket outlets for installatio.n in bathroom, light fittings for underwater
installations, etc. shall incorporate appropriately rated double wound safety isolating
transformer either integrally built-in or mounted separately, with cartridge fuse or MCB
in the secondary circuit.
T he safety isolation transformer shall comply with BS 3535. Segregation of low voltage
and extra low voltage circuits shall be in accordance with Regulation 7.4. 1.

4.6.8

H.V. Discharge Lighting Equipment


Every High Voltage Discharge lighting equipment & installations shall be rated for
voltages not exceeding 5 kV, RMS to earth, measured on open circuit and shall comply
with BS 559.
H.V. discharge lighting equipment, int luding neon signs for advertising or any other
purposes, shall not be installed whithout prior approval frorn DEWA

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4 .6 .9

Safety and Emergency light Fittings


Safety lighting to meet operational requirements shall be provided to suit particular
applications such as industries, production lines, hospitals, utility comp lexes, stadiums,
shopping cenues , auditoriums. etc.
The source of supply for safety lighting shall be either maintained or non-maintained
type as appropriate to suit Individual applications.
All electrical switch-rooms and operat ional areas shall be provided with adequate
number of emergency light fittings.
The satety and emergency light fittings installed shall comply with BS 5266 and shall be
rated for a period not less than 3 hours continuous operation.
The light fitting/s shall normally incorporate necessary battery and charger within.
The safety light fittings shall also incorporate appropriate sign in Arabic and Englis11
such as 'EXIT' and directional arrows, as applicable to individual locations.

4.6.1 O

Electric Motors and Starters


Installation of 1-phase motors rated upto 3.7 kW (5HP) and 3-phase motors upto 110
kW ( 150 HP) only shall normally be pe rmitted unless otherwise approved by DEWA.
Where a large number ol motors above 150 HP are proposed, the advice of DEWA
sl1all be sought on availing a bulk supply.
All electric motors shall be adequately protected against overload. short circuit, earth
leakage and additionally, against loss of one or more phases. voltage fluctuations, etc.
as deemed essential to suit individual applicatio ns.

Starters shall be provided with over load relays o f the therma l type with automatic
'
compensa tions for variation in ambient temperature between 2 .8 C and 48 C.
All three phase motors over 3 HP and single phase motors above 1 HP shall be
provided with current limiting starting equipment to effectively keep the starting current
within the following limits.

Type of Supply

Rating of Motor

Max. permissible
Starting current

Single Phase

1 HP

5 HP

5 times full load currenl

Three Phase

Less than 15 HP

5 times full load current

15 HP to< 50 HP

2 times full load current

50 HP and above.

1.5 times full load current

Motors upto and including 11 kW ( 15 HP) may be connected for direct on-tine starting
with over current protection.

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The starting equ ipment to limit the current may cons ist of any of the following type or
other approved by DEWA.
a)
b)
c)

Star Delta
Primary - Resistance
Auto Transformer

All motors st1all be provided with an isolator, for Isolating the motor frorn the supply
during periods of Inspection or maintenance. Such means or isolation shall effec tively
interrupt the supply on all phases. The isolator may be integral with the control gear or
separate, bul shall be in close proximity to the motor. An emergency stop push button
shall be incorporated in the control gear .
When motor starting gear Is energised from an auxiliary circuit, the circuit sl"lall also be
isolated dur ing maintenance.
All starters. isolators and push buttons shall be clearly marked in Arab ic and English
stating which machine they control and their function. To avoid confuslon the words
'START' and 'STOP' instead o f 'OPEN ' and 'CLOSED' shall be used.
Motors and their control gear shall be located in well ventilated situations with adeqva te
space for operation, inspection and ma intenance.

4.6 .11

Stand -by Generators


Installation and connection of standby generato rs in the consumer 's installation, for the
purpose of maintaining power supply under mains failure condi tions, shall be permitted
only with prior approval from DEWA .
The change ..over circuit breaker or isolator shall have 4 - Poles for 3 - Phase supply
and 2 Potes for 1 - Phase supp ly to ensure that the phases and neutral of the two
syste ms remain separate and distinct. The installation shall ensure that there will be no
possibliity to parallel generator supply with DEWA supply under any circumstances or
conditions. Adequate mechanical and electrical interlock between the incomer circuit
breakers o r isolators of both generator and DEWA supp lies shall be provided.
The full details of th.e equipment, circuit and wiring diagrams, details of essential loads,
etc. shall be submitted to DEWA for app roval before com mencement of the work.

4.7

ASSESSMENT OF CONNECTED LOAD AND MAXIMUM DEMAND

4 ,7 .1

Lighting and small power circuits


All lighting and fan circu its shall genera lly be. installed with maximum load per circuit
within 600 W & circuit breaker rating 6 A (1.5 mm2 circuit conductors). or 1200 W & cir
cuit breaker rating 10 A (2.5 rnm2 /1 .5 mm2 circuit conductors). A minimum of 100 W
shall be considered for each normal lig hting and fan points. Fluorescent lamp may be
assessed as 1.8 x lamp W.
Wher ever fittings with discharge light, compact lluorescent lamps or low volt lamps are
installed, the circuit breaker rating, circuit conductor sizes and number of fittings may
t)e suitabty selected based on the actua l load, including losses . for specilic application.
Prior approv al from DEWA shall be obtained tor every installation .

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A radia l final s ub-circuit may be installe d to serve a maximum of five 13 A, switched


socke t-oull e1s In roo m other than kitchen and controlled by a 20 A circui t breaker In the
distribu tion board. A maximum of ten socke t-outl ets in room other than kitchen may be
connected to a ring circuit, controlled l>y a 30 A circui t breaker.
A curr ent demand of 13 A shall be assume d for each 13 A switched socket outlet circuit. A minimum of 200 Watts per point may be considered for ea ch 13 A switched
socket -outlet, insta lled for general utility purpose, other than In kitchen. All twin socket out lets shall be cons idered as two sepa rate socket-outlet point s. A kitchen area may
need separate circu its.
A current deman(:I of 15 A shall be assu med for each 15 A switched socket-outlet
tility socke l-oullets an assumed load of 1000 W
circuit . However. for gener al purpose 1:1
per socket -outlet installed in commer cia l and industrial premises and 500 W per socketoullet in residentia l premises may be pe rmitted.
Fo r sta tionary appliance and equipment includi ng air-condit ioners, the actual load ol
each appliance and equi pment sha ll be considered as connected load.
Current dema nd of point such as electric clock and other current using eq uipment ot
rating not greate r than 5 VA may be neglected .
For multi consumer installation whicl1 includes commerc ial type of prem ises suct1 as
Shops, St1owrooms, Garages, Wo rks hops , etc. where provision for connection of
additional load may be required, the assumed con nected load of each spa re/space/
circuit shall also be indicated in the load distribution sche du les submitted lor DEWA 's
approva l.

4.7 .2

Maximum Demand

All distr ibu tion boards shall be rated for total connected loads before a div ersity fac tor is
applied.
The dem and load of each final sub -circuit is determined by add ing the actual or
assumed load of Individual points/app liance/equ ipment, wh ichev er is higher. An
allowance for diversity may be permitted where app ropriate..
The deta ils ol load distributio n schedu les sha ll be s ubmitted for DEW A's approval in the
format given in Appendix 2 ,3 & 4. The total connected load of individua l distr ibution lev els/circu its shall be determined as recommended in Regulation 4.7.1. An
app ropriate divers ity factor, worked ou t by a suitab ly qualified electrical engineer , shall
be permitted to determine the maximum demand at the main or sub -main distribution
level.
Th e lim it of 'Maximum Demand' in kW. permitted at Main Distribu tion Board (MOB) con nected to DEWA's supply feeder/tran sfor mer is noted below for guidance .

a)
b)
c)

d)

A Feede r

200 kW

1500 kVA Transformer


1000 kVA Transfor mer

400

1200 kW

500

800 kW
40.0 kW

kVA Trans former

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The overload protective device/incomer circuit breaker in the MOB shall be suitably set
at the corresponding design current.
Since maximum demand can vary on each type of project such as residential.
commercial, industrial, etc. other method, used by an installation designer wilh suitable
degree of knowledge and experience of the diversity applicable to a particular
installation, is permitted. However, lhe design method and the proposed diversity shall
be clearly indicated in the design drawings and load schedules submitted for DEWA's
approval.

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SECTION-5
EARTHING AND EARTH LEAKAGE PROTECTION
5.1

CONSUMER'S EARTHING SYSTEM

5.1 .1

Every consumer installation shall be p rovided with sepa rate earth ing system, installed
and maintained by the consumer.

s .1.2

Each consumer's earth ing system shall compr ise of 'Ear th electrode/s' ma in ear th lead
connecte d between the 'Earth electrod e/s' and the consumer's main earth ing termina lfs
o r bar, Earth cont inuity conductors (ECCs) of every outgoing circuit from the main ,
sub -ma in & final distr ibution boards, equ ipotential bonding of all me tal work & exposed
conduct ive parts and enclosures , etc .

5 .1.3

The cons umer's earth ing system sha ll be connected to DEWA's eart hing system (incoming supply cab le armour/Earth continuity conducto r, as app roved by OEWA).

5.2

CONSUMER'S MAIN EARTH ELECTRODE

5.2.1

In genera l, minimum one Main Earth electrode sha ll be provide d for each Incomi ng
point of supply/consumer's Main Distr ibution Board (MDB), within the consume r's
premises .

5.2 .2

The 'Earth electrode ' shall normally co mprise of 20mm / 16mm diameter copper/s teel
core bonded earth rod set w ith driving pin and head driven to a minimu m depth of 3
metres . The earth electrode sha ll be installed inside a 300mm x 300mrn x :momm
eart h pit w ith inspection cover . The connec tion to the earth electrode, w ithin the
inspection pil sha ll be sound ly made by a co rrosion resistant term inal clamp.

5.2.3

The consumer's 'Ma in Earth electro de sha ll be installed as close to the main
distribution board as possible. Wherever, more than one 'Earth electrode' is insta lled,
within the consumer premises. these sha ll be spaced at minimum 6 metres apart.

5.2.4

T he ma in earth electrode resistance shall not exceed 1 ohm, for each incom ing DEWA
sup ply/MOB.
The resistance from any point or the Earth Contin uity Conductor to the Main Earth
Electrode sha ll not exceed 0.5 ohm.
The consumer's earth electrode resistance and continuity of ECCs shall be perio dically
checked and maintained as above , to ensure consumer safety .

5.3

EARTH CONTINUITY CONDUCTOR (ECC)

5.3.1

Every circu it in the Main, Sub-Main and final distribut ion boa rds sha ll be provided with
a separate . green and yellow (G/Y), PVC insulated cop per 'ECC'. The min imum crosssect ional area of ECCs sha ll be selected as speci fied In Appendix 12.

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5.3.2

The ECCs shall be terminated at elect rical equ ipment, apparatus and distribution
switchgear. light fittings. mount ing boxes of switches & socket -outlets. etc. with tinned
copper lugs, as applicable, at both ends on purpose made earth terminals.

5.3.3

All bus bar risers installed lor electrica l distribution in high rise buildings and other
consumer installations shall incorporate an adequate ly sized ' ECC' either fnteg rally
within or run separately along !he riser_

5.4

EARTH LEAKAGE PROTECTION

5.4.1

The earth leakage protection shall be suitably designed and incorporated in each and
every consu mer installation.

5.4.2

The Earth Leakage Circu1 Breakers (ELCBs)!Residuat Current Circuit Breakers


(RCCBs) shall generally comply with BS 4293 . Recommended value of operating current of ELCBs/RCCBs are specified In AppendiX13.

5.4 .3

Operation of the ELCBsiRCCBs. eart h leakage detection syste m. etc. shall be


periodically checked and tested to ensure consume r safety.

5.5

EQUIPOTENTIAL BONDING

5.5.1

All metal work of the consumer's installat ion. other than current carrying parts, including
cable armour, metal conduits. meia l cab le tray & trunking sections, metal accessory
boxes. exposed metal works of co nsumer's appliance. apparatus. equ ipment.
machines. building struc tures and the like with metallic enclosure and parts. metal
water pipes. etc. shall be provided with equipotential bonding conductors.

5.5 .2

The cross-sectional area ol equipotential bonding conductors shall be selected as


specified in Appendix12.

5.5.3

The equipotent ial bonding conductors :shall be connected to the main earthing terminal
within the consumer's wiring installations and the continuity shall be tested and
maintained by the consumer .

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SECTION 6
INSTALLATION OF CONDUITS, TRUNKING, TRAYS & ACCESSORIES

6 1

TRUNKING ANO CONDUITS

6.1.1

Th e type and materia l of the trunki ng and conduits sha ll be selected app ropriate ly to
suit individual site locatio ns and comp lying w ith Regulations specif ied in clause 4 .3 of
Section 4.

6.1.2

T he trunkin g and conduit wiring installation s sha ll be carr ied out 1n a neat, order ly
workma11like manner with purpose made accessories such as inspection bendsitee s,
termina l/draw in boxes, etc.

6 .1.3

As far as possibl e, the tru nking and condu it runs from the electrical switch room/s to
t11eindividual consume r DB/s shall be routed only within common elect rical service
routes & riser d ucts.

6.1.4

Long lrunking and conduit runs lrom lhe electrical sw itch room/s located on ground
floo r to consumer DB/s located on upper floor/ s sha ll be avoided and armoured cables
sha ll be insta lled in cable trays.

6.1.5

Cab le trunkin g may be used for hous ing single core PVC cabl es at specia l situations ,
where mstallation of co nduits is diffic ult due to space limitations.

6.1 .6

T runkmg and wiring con duit Installat ions which are surtace expo sed shall , as far as
possible. have straight runs with branches al right angle only.

6.1 .7

Draw -in boxes shall be provided in all straigh t conduit runs exceed ing 15 metres .
Condu it runs having '90 bends' sh afl be provided with d raw-in boxes fo r eve ry 2
bends.

6 .1.8

Trun ki ng and conduit shall be com pletely insta lled before any cable is d rawn in.

6.1.9

Draw -wi res shall be provided in all conceale d condu its (and ducts) with the ends left
free at the outlet boxes for pulling the wiring cables.

6.1 .10

All the trunking and condu it runs sha ll be free lrom sharp edges and burs throughout
their lengths. Suitab le gromme ts and bushes shall be provided at the termina l outlet s.

6 .1.11

The trunki ng and con duit runs shall be supported at regular intervals and !he number
of cabtes that may be Installed In trunking sha ll suitably be selected as recomm ended
in Appendix- 14 & 15.

6 .1.12

All the terminal and inte rmediate ends of the PVC condui ts shall be firmly secured with
suitable adhesives as recommend ed by the manufacturer.

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6.1.13

The circuit wires, bunched and installed in all vertical trunking runs shall be clarnpedi
secured within the trunking at regular intervals, not exceeding 2 metres and at the
terminal ends.

6.1.14

The standard conduit boxes, draw-in boxes and mounting boxes of light fittings and
appliances shall be fixed to the building structure independently of the wiring conduits.

6.1 .15

All exposed threads, tool-marks or visible damage to the protective finish of the steel
trunking and conduits shall be coated with Zinc rich paint immediately after installation.

6. 1.16

Suitable expansion couplers shall be provided in all trunking and conduit runs at the
expansion joints in the building structure and at regular in1ervals in all runs exceeding 7
metres In length or as recommended by the manufacturer.

6.1.17

Suitable purpose-made boxes with adapters, ceiling roses etc. shall be provided at all
individual outlet points of the wiring insta llations.

6.1.18

Light fittings used with tungsten filament and halogen lamp shall be suitably
segregated and supported from the PVC conduit and terminal outlet boxes to prevent
deterioration due to associated high temperature rise.

6. 1. 19

The conduit runs which are concealed within the building structure such as in floor,
wall, roof, column etc. shall be provided with a minimum screed cover of 10 mm.

6.1.20

When the trunking and conduit nms are installed witll chases in the building structure
they shall be tirmly fixed at regular intervals with purposemade crimpets and/or
saddles.

6.1.21

The standard conduit boxes, draw-in boxes, floor-outlet boxes etc. shall be installed
with its cover/lid flush with the outer finish of the building structure.

6.1.22

Only flush type switches, socket outlets and accessories slla ll be used for concealed
wiring.

6.1.23

In surface mounted industrial installations and where situations subject to fire risk, only
galvanised steel conduits shall be used. PVC conduits shall not be used for such
applications.

6.1.24

Galvanised steel conduits shall not be used under floor tiles of buildings in concealed
wiring systems embedded in walls or floors. PVC conduits shall be used for all such
applications.

6.2

CABLE TRAYS

6.2.1

Trays for supporting cables are recommended for use in warehouses, industrial ptant
and equipment room, cable trenches, sl1afts in buildings, etc.

6.2.2

The type and material of the cable trays shall be selected appropriately to suit
individual site locations. and complying with Regulations specified in clause 4.4 of
Section.4.

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6.2.3

The cable trays shall be supported at regular intervals with purpose made supports and
the number of cables installed in the trays shall suitably be selected as recommended
in Appendix-14 & 15.

6.2.4

Cable trays installed in outdoor locations, wherein the cables are exposed to the sun
shall be provided with sun-shade covers. secured to the trays, wit11adequate ventilation
and as recommended by the manufact\Jrers.

6.2.5

Cables shall be fastened securely by purpose-made clips, cleats or saddles at spacing


as recommended in Appendix 14. Cable ties shall not be used to support multicore
cables installed on cable trays fitted vert ically.

6.2.6

Cable trays shall not be used in locations where they will be subjected to severe
physical damage.

6.2.7

Sufficient space shall be provided and maintained around cable tray to permit
adequate access for installing and maintaining the cables.

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SECTION-7
INSTALLATION OF CABLES, EQUIPMENT, ACCESSORIES AND WIRING SYSTEMS
7.1

ARMOURED CABLES

7.1. 1

Armoured cables may be installed either directly buried in ground, drawn through
ducts . laid in concrete trenches cleated to wall, or mounted on cable trays.

7 .1.2

The current carrying capacity of the cable/s shall be determined only alter applying
suitable correction factors based on the installation method of the cable/s.

7 .1.3

Only armoured cables shall be used for underground Installations.

7.1.4

The armoured cables, for underground installation shall normally be laid at 90 cm


below the ground level and provided with a layer of at least 15 cm impervious soil
around. Whe re protective covers are required, they shall be carefully centered over
the cables, throughout their length. The covers shall be of adequate width to protect
the cables, with a minimum overlap on each side of 50 mm Coloured PVC warning
tapes shall be laid alter filling, above the cable, upto 30 cm below the ground level.
The routes of all cables shall be c learly marked by cable route markers, at regular
intervals not exceeding 10 metres along straight runs and 2 metres at deviations in the
route. T he route markers shall normally indicate the voltage level In Arabic a.ndEnglish.

7.1.5

Cables may be installed on cable trays at specific locations and as recommended in


clause 6.2 of the Regulations.

7.1.6

Minimum internal radius of bend for cable in fixed wiring installation shall not be less
than 8 times the overall diameter ol the cable.

7.1.7

No joints shall be permitted on any cable runs in Consumer's fixed wiring installation.

7.1.8

Where cables or wiring system passes through floor, wall, partitions or ceiling, the
openings remaining after passage of the wiring systems shall be sealed to the degree
of ti re resistance required.

7.1.9

Cable glands used for armoured cables shall be of brass compression type, complying
with BS 6121, with earth tag and PVC shroud.

7.1.10

All terminations of cable conductors shall be mechanically and electrically sound.


Every termination shall be made by means of a terminal or compression type sockeV
lug, to the approval of DEWA. and shall not Impose any mechanical strain on the
terminal or socket/lug.

7.1.11

Separate Earth Continuity Conducto rs (ECCs) shall be installed and terminated for
each feeder/circuit. as specified in Section-5 of the Regulations.

7.2

DISTRIBUTION BOARDS

7.2.1

All distribution boards either main, sub -main or final DBs shall be installed in locations
to which access is available at all times for operation. testing, inspection, maintenance
and repair.

7.2.2

Main, sub-main or final Distribution Board/s shall not be installed within bathrooms,
to ilet, damp or wet locations, bedrooms, kitchen, above sinks. store rooms, high
ambient rooms, dangerous or hazardous locations or below any staircase.

7.2.3

All main, sub-main and final distribution boards shall be selected and designed based on
the guidelines specified in clause 3.2 (section-3) and 4.5 (Section-4) ot the Regulations.

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7.2.4

Each distribution board shall incorporate means for isolation of mains supply in the
form of either circuit breaker or incomer Isolator as applicable.

7.2.5

Every circuit breaker or fuse within the distribution board shall be identified and
labelled to indicate the apparatus or circuit it controls.

7.2.6

Each final distribution board shall only supply the circuits in the same lloor area, where
the distribution board is located. except for specific applications such as 'staircase &
common corridor-lighting' in high rise buildings, etc. Prior approval shall be obtained
from OEWA for every application, as specified in clause 1. 7 (Section - 1) of the
Regulations.

7.2.7

In multi consumer installabon, such as commercial or residential buildings, t11e


consumer's distribution board/s shall be installed within the respective consumer's
premises (e.g. Shops, Flats, etc.).

7.2.8

Incoming supply cable installed to any distribution board shaII be totally segregated
and identified from the outgoing circuit cables/Wiring.

7.2.9

All Distribution Boards shall be installed flush or surface mounted at a hei9ht not
exceeding 2 metres 10the top of the distribution board from the finished floor level.

7.:l

BUSBAR TRUNKING SYSTEMS (BUSWAYS)

7 .3.1

Busways shall be permitted for installation only where adequate access is available for
inspection and repair throughout their entire length.

7.3.2

Each busbar ri:,er, proposed for installation in high rise buildings, is recommended to
supply a maximum of 6 floors only.

7.3.3

The enclosures of busways shall be securely supported at intervals not exceeding 1.8
metres.

7.~.4

Wherever busbar trunking systems are installed on the supply side of any DEWA's
kWh metering, suitable provision for sealing by DEWA shall be made as specified in
Regulation 3.3.10.

7.3.5

The requirement of earth continuity conductor (ECC) and equipotential bonding shall
be as specified in Section-5 of the Regulations.

7.3.6

Wherever the busway passes through the wall or floor. it shall be provided with fire
barrier/sealing to !he degree of fire resistance required.

7.3.7

The tap off unit installed at each floor level in a busbar riser shall be at a height
between 50 cm and 180 cm from finished floor level and shall have adequate access
for operation, maintenance and replacement.

7.4

WIRING SYSTEMS AND ACCESSORIES

7.4.1

Segregation of circuits, phases and wiring systems


All wiring and accessories shall be selected and installed to suit individual locations
and complying with relevant Rt;!gulations specified in Section-4, in addition to the
following requirements.
Circuits from different distribution boards shall not be installed in a common conduit or
trunking.
The circuit wires of different voltage grades shall be segregated with barriers In
trunking runs or installed in separate conduits.

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The circuit wires of individua l catego ries such as lighting. power, emergency, etc. shall
be segregated with barriers in trunking runs O: installed in separate conduits.
Where a residential premises is supplied with a three phase supply, as far as possible,
the light fittings, socket outlets, water heaters. cookers and other single phase
apparatus installed within any room sha ll not be connected to more than one phase.
Wherever more than one phase cannot be avoided, a minimum distance of 2.0 metres
shall be maintained between any ou tlet. accessory or appliance connected to
different phases of the supply.
Where switch box contains more than one phase, for group switching, approved
switch boxes with phase barriers shall be used and labelled to indicate that 380 Volts
ex ist at the box. All circuit wires shall be colour identified as specified in Regulation

4.2 .4.
Where a wiring system is located in ctose proximity to non-electr ical service. the wiring
system shall be adequatE:lysegregated and protected against hazards likely to arise
from the presence of the other service in normal use. Provision shall be made for safe
and adequate access to all parts of the wiring system which may require inspection.
maintenance or replacement.
No switches controlling light fitting or water heater. etc. shall be Installed In bathroom .
In kitchen and In situations where water ,s regularly used, no switch shall be mounted
within 2 metres of any water tap. wash basin or sink. If this is not possible , ceiling
mounted Insulated cord operated switches shall be used.
No socket-outlet shall be mounted with in 2 metres of any water tap. wash basin or sink
in a kitchen.
7.4 .2

Mounting heights of accessories


All lighting switches, D.P. switches of Air Conditioning units & Water heaters, Ce iling
Fan Regulators. Shaver Socket outlets, etc. generally used in the electrical installation
shall be mounted at 125 cm from the ti nished floor level.
All switches shall be mounted in readily accessible positions.
13 A switched socket outlets used for general purpose shall be installed at 45 cm
above the finished floor level. 13A switc hed socket outlet provided in the kitchen shall
be generally at a height of 25 cm from the work top.
All accessories shall be suitably selected and installed as recommended in Section-4
of the Regulations.

7.4.3

Identification labels and notices


In general all sections of the consumer installation, circuits, protection devices in the
distribution boards etc shall be provided with suitable identification labels to clearly
indicate the location and purpose of each item or circuil Instructions or Caution notices
for correct operation shall also be provided wherever there is a possibility of confusion.
All labets must be in both English and Arabic and of letter sizes to suit individual
application.

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SECTION 8
POWER FACTOR CORRECTION CAPACITORS AND UNDER VOLTAGE RELAYS
8.1

POWER FACTOR (PF) CORRECTION:

8.1.1

The power factor of every consumer installation shall be within the range of 0.9
lagging and unity.

8. 1.2

In general all Air-Conditioning units/plants/equipment, machines. motors. light fittings


with discharge lamps/mercury vapour/sodium vapour/fluorescent tubes, etc. for use in
the Emirate of Dubai, shall be provided wilh capacitors or other approved means to
achieve and maintain a power factor -0f 0.9 fagging or above, throughout their normal
working range.

8.1.3

For large installations, where individual load compensation cannot be achieved,


overall compensation at main or sub-main distribution levels by incorporating capacitor
bar.iks with automatic regulated steps. wit11
in the consumer's Installation, shall be
permitted.

8.1.4

The P.F. correction capacitor shall be either ol dry or oil filled, encapsulated, sealed
type.

8.1.5

Capacitors shall be enclosed or guarded to prevent accidental contact of conducting


metal parts with exposed energised parts. terminals or buses associated with them.

8.1.6

The capacitor installed for P.F. correction shall be provided with means for its prompt
automatic discharge immediately when the capacitor is disconnected from the source
of supply.
The discharge circuit shall be either permanently connected to the terminals of the
capacitor or capacitor bank, or provided with automatic means of connecting it to the
terminals of the capacitor bank on removal of voltage from the line. Manual means of
switching or connecting the discharge ci rcuit shall not be permitted.

8.1.7

The capacitors and associated components such as PF regulator, indicating


intstruments, contactors (of capacitor switching duty), control switches, etc. shall be
designed and rated for operation on the electric supply and ambient conditions
specified in clause 1.2 & 1.3 (section-1) and selection details recommended in
Section 4 of the Regulations.

8.1.8

The current carrying capacity of the conductors used in capacitor circuit shall not be
less than 1.5 times of the rated current of the capacitor.
The current carrying capacity of conductors that connect a capacitor to the terminals of
a motor or to motor circit conductors shall not be less than one third of the current
carrying capacity of the motor circuit conductors and in no case less than 1.5 times lhe
rated current of the capacitor.
An over current device shall be provided in each circuit for each capacitor bank.
A separate over current device shall not be required for a capacitor connected on the
load side of a motor overload protective device. The rating or setting of the over
currenl device shall be as low as practicable.

8.1.9

The capacitors shall be suitable for operation under harmonic current conditions_

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8.1.1O

The contactors used in the capac itor bank shall be able to withstand switching surges.
Means shall be installed to isolate each capac itor, capac itor bank. or capac itor
installation from all sources of voltage and to remove from service as unit.

8.1.11

All non-current carrying metal parts of capac ito rs shall be earthed as specif ied in
Clause 5.5, Section 5.

8.1.12

Each capacitor st.lall be provided with a nameplate indicating rated voltage, frequency,
kVar, number of phases , details of liqu id filled (if any). discha rge device and name of
the manufacture r.

8 .1.13

The controls and protection device provided in the capac itor bank shall be checked
and maintained regularly.

8.1.14

Whereve r capacitor bank/panel is insta lled on the supply side of any DEWA's kWh
metering, adequate sealing provision shall be made as specified in Regulation 3.3.11
ol Sect ion 3.

8.2

UNDER VOLTAGE (U.V.) RELAYS WITH AUTORESET TIMER

8.2.1

All air-conditio ners or air-cond itioning units/plants/equipme nt installed within the


consumer's installation shall be provided with Under Voltage (U.V.) relays with fixed
voltage cut off setting at 75% of the nominal supply voltage, within 0.1 seconds, and
auto-reset timer with adjustable time setting between 5 and 1O minutes.

8.2.2

The auto-reset timer of the U.V. relays shall be set at values specified in the schedules,
approved by DEWA, to suit individual installation. Necessary provision fo r sealing may
be incorporated in the relay to restrict access for adjustments of the setting.

8.2.3

The U.V. relays with auto -reset timer shall normally be incorporated within the
respect ive air-condition ing uniVequipment or in their control panels . For small
air-cond itioners, provision of U.V. relays with auto-reset timer within the consumer's
distribution board shall be permitted for individual or group of units. Prior approval
shall be obtained from DEWA on eve ry such application.

8.2.4

T he U.V. relays with associated controls shall be checked and maintained regularly.

30

SECTION-9
CONSTRUCTION SITE INSTALLATIONS
9.1

General

9.1.1

Application tor lemporary power supply shall be submitted to DEWA at least one
month in advance of the power requirement.

9.1.2

Temporary power supply shall be permilted for construction purposes subjecl lo terms.
conditions, tees, tariffs and instruclions issued by DEWA from time to time.

9.1.3

The consumer shall comply with the safety requirements specified for permanent
installation, in addition to the specific requirements on installation at construction sites
recommended in this section of the Regulations.

9.1.4

Every assembly for the distribution of electricity on construction sites shall comply with
the requirements of BS 4363 and BS EN 60439-4.

9.2

WIRING SYSTEMS AND DISTRIBUTION BOARDS

9.2.1

Every wiring system shall be so arranged that no strain is placed on the terminations
of conductors unless such terminations are designed for this purpose.

9.2.2

No cable shall run across a site road or a walkway unless adequate protection of the
cable against mechanical damage is provided.

9.2.3

All cables used on construction sites shall have a metal sheath and/or armour which
shall be effectively earthed and continuous. Flexible cords for use at the site shall
comply with BS 6141.

9.2.4

The metering cabinet, distribution board/s or any wiring inst!'lllations, installed outdoor,
shall be of weather proof type.

9.2.5

Means of emergency switching shall be provided on the supply to all equipment


from which it may be necessary to disconnect all live conductors in order to remove a
hazard.

9.3

EARTH LEAKAGE PROTECTION

9.3.1

In addition to the over current and .short circuit protection, every circuit shall be
protected for ~arth leakage.

9.3.2

All final sub-circuits connected to 13A switched socket outlets, portable tools or
equipment shall be protected with ELCB/RCCB of rated operating current 30 mA.
100 mA ELCB/RCCB shall be provided for protection of other lighting circuits. fixed
equipment, etc. unless otherwise specified.

9.3.3

Consumer shall check and test the earthing systems, operation of ELCBs/RCCBs,
wiring installation, etc. regularly to ensure safety of the installation.

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APPENDICES

Appe ndix
1.

Reference Standards

34

2.

Details of Connected Load/Max . Demand (format)

35

3.

Load Distribut ion Sc hedu le - 3 phase (format)

36

4.

Load Distribution Sc hedu le - 1 P hase (format)

37

5.

Electr ical Symbo ls

38-40

6.

Contrac tor's Inspection Certifica te (format)

41-42

Typ ical arrangeme nt of Metering Cabinet


on Compo und Wall
Typ ical arrangement of kWh meters in
Electrical Serv ice Room
Typ ical Electr ica l Services Room w ith <I No. MDB
Typ ical Electrical Serv ices Room w ith 1 No.
cubicle type L.V. switc hboard /panel
Se lect ion of Cab les

43

7.

(A)
(B)

(C)
(D)

8.

Tab le-1 :Tab le-2 :Tab le-3 :

9.

Sing le Core PVC Insulated non-armoured ,


Stranded Copper Conductors.
Mult i Core armoured PVC insu lated,
Copper Conductors.
Mu lti Core armo ured X LPE insula ted ,
Co ppe r Conduct or s.

44
45
46

47
48
49

Colour Identificat ion of unarmo u red , armoured and


flex ible cable core .s and bare conductors .

50

10.

Specif ications of MDBs/SMOBs (format)

51-53

11.

Specif ications of DBs (format)

54-56

12.

Earth Continuity C.onductors (ECCs) and Equipotential


Bonding Conductors .

57

13.

Earth Leakage Protection .

58

14.

Spacing of S upports for Trunking , Condui ts and Cables .

59

15.

Number of Cables that may be Installed in Trunking,


Condui ts and Trays.

60

Data Schedule for LV Electr icity Meters and Current


Transformers

61

16.

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APPENDIX -1
REFERENCE STANDARDS
All equipment, apparatus . mate rials and accesso ries comp lying wi th relevant recommendations ,n the
following standards/documents shall be deemed to satis fy t he requ irements of these Regu lations , unless
otherw ise speci fied (Clause 1.6 . Sect ion 1).
Sul>ject

BS

IEC

PVC insula lion (lo r power & lighting)


PVC insulat ion (for switchgear & contro l
.'tiring)
Thermo -sell ing insulation
Mineral Insulation
Flexible cables & co rds

BS 6004 , BS 6346 .
BS 623 1

502
227

BS 5467 . BS 6234, BS 72 t 1
BS 6207, BS 6081
BS 6500, BS 614 1, BS 6004
BS 6977
BS 6121

702
227,245

Cable

.
.

Cable glands

Condu its and Conduit fittings

Steel

PVC

Flexible Stee l

BS 4568 , BS 6053, BS 6099


31
BS 4607 , BS 6053. BS 6099

es

423,

BS 731

Degrees of Protection
Distribution

423,614

assemblies

for construction

site

Earthing

BS EN60529

529

BS 4363

364-7-704

BS 7430. BS 951

364 -5 -54

Electrical Accessories
.

.
.
.

Genera l
Ceiling rose
Cooker contro l units
Plugs & Socket -outlets
Switches

BS 5733
BS67
BS 4177
BS 546, BS 196 , BS 1363, BS
4343
BS 3676, BS EN 609 47 -3

Emergency Lighting
BS 5266
Hazardous areas
BS 5345 , J;lS 5501
Household appliances
BS 3456, BS EN 60335
Isolating Transformer
BS 3535
Low Voltage Switchgear
assemblies
.
General

and Control gear


BS EN 60439, BS EN 60947,
BS EN 6094 7 1
BS EN 60898 , BS 3871
BS 4293
BS 88. BS 1361
BS EN 60439 2
BS559
88476

947
439-1 & 3
898
755

Trunking, Ducting and Fittings

BS 46 78

1084

Thermal classification

BS 2757

85

MCB & MCCB


RCC B/ELCB
.
Fuses
.
Bushar trunk ing system
Neo n Signs
Non combustibility
test

IEC

of electrical insulation

British S!andard
Internationa l Elect rotechnical Commission
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439-2

(Clause 1.7, Section 1)


APPEND

IX 2

PRQJEC T : Vil.LA. / BUILDING / ...................... ...........

DETAILS OF CONNl:CTEO LOAD/MAX. OEM'ANO

AREA:

P LANNEO tOMPL ET ION DATE : ...... ................ ..........

OWNER : ......... .......... ........ ..................... ..... ..._..........

PLOT NO .: ........ ................ ..... ............

CONSULTANT:

LOCA TION OF MDB: .......................

MOB

I SMDB

CIRCUIT/
FEEDER
DBNo.

..... ............. (..... ............ . OF ..... ............. )'


RATINGAMPS
SP/

TP

FIS
ISO

MCCB
-ACB

MCB

FAULT
DUTY
kA

- ....... .... ....... ...... ..... ..... .... .......... ....

PVC/
XLPE

CABLE SIZE

SW/V
PVC

2!4 X
2!314C
IC mm" mm'

ECC
SIZE
IC,
mm'

CONNECTED LOAD i<W


R PH
kW

YP H
kW

8 PH
kW

....... ........ ....... ,.......... ..:...........

PROPOSED TYPE ~ No. OF


i<WhMETERS
1 PH
( 1)

3 -PH
(2)

3 PH
($)

LVIHV
CT
(4)

REMARKS

INCOMER
OUTGO ING.

"'
(.]l

MOB CONNECTED TO : DEWA LV DBI


Transt.

TOTAL
TOTAL <lONNECTED LOAD PER PHASE

SMDB CONNECTED TO :
MDB ..................................
TOTAL CONNECTED LOAD (3 PH) ................ kW

MAX. DEMAND (3 PH): ....... ............... ............kW AT ............................... DIVERSITY

CO NTRACTOR : ....... ....... ........... ............................ ....... ........... .......... ........ ........ ............
Type of Meter (Raong ot Incomer) :

(1} Upto 60 A
(1 Phase }

(2) Up10 100 A


{3 Phase)

TEL : .....................................................

(3) 125 160 A

(4) LVCT . .............. ! . ............. A

FAX : ....... ......... ....................................................

HV CT ............. ............ 1 ............... A

(Clause 1 .7, Section 1)


APPENDIX-3
PROJECT: VILLA I BUILDING I .................................... ........
DB No.: ..... .-........................ (Sh .......... of .......... )

LOCATION: ........................................

LOAD DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE


( 3 - Phase )

FED FROM: MDB I SMDB .................. I METER ENCLOSURE

RATING

OF
INCOMER

"'
"'

RAT<l.
OF
ELCB

MCB

SL.
No.

CIR
No.

R1

Y1

61

R2

Y2

82

R3

Y3

83

10

R<

11

Y4

12

B4

13

R5

14

vs

15

65

16

RS

17

Y6

18

BS

RTG.
IN
A

CCT
WIRE
SIZE

mm"'

RCC
WIRE ROOM/
SIZE AREA
LTG
mnr

to'ft.bPER

CONNECTED LOADS1POINTS

c.

EX.
FAN FAN

SH.

510

13A

s;o

WIH

HID

COO- 15A

KER S/0

w
AJC

w
s

WAT.
AJC PUMP

NN IT

.ctReu<r
:, W"
R

REMARKS

"'

TOTAL
CABLE SIZE: 1 X 213!4C .. ..... . rnm' Cu ./PVCXLPE/SWA/PVC 1 X 1C . ........ mm C u, Cl!Y PVC. ECG
OR
CABLE SIZE: 21 X 1C.. ... ........ mn-.' Cu. PVC+ ; X l C, .. ..... mn>' Cu . G/Y. PVC, ECC

C. FAN = CeilingFan, EX. FAN= ExhaustFan, SH. SEO= Shaver Sockel outict,
W/H ~ Viator Hotnef. HID= Hand Dryer. v,r = Window fy'pc&

s = Spll! typ.a.

(Clause 1.7. Section 1)


APP E NDtX 4
PRO JE C T: V ILLA

B U ILDING

LOCATION:

I ............................. ...............
LOAD

DB No.: ........... ....... .............

DISTRIBUTION

............. ......... ...... ........ ....

SCHEDULE

(1 - Phase )
FED F ROM : MOB I SMDB ....... ......... .. I MET ER ENC LOSURE

RATING

RATG.

OF

OF

INCOMER

ELCB

SL.
No.

CIR
No .

c,

C2

C3

C4

cs

cs

C7

CB

09

MCB
RTG.
IN
A

CCT
WIRE
SIZE
mm~-

ECC
WIRE ROOW
SIZE AREA
2

mm

CONNECTED LOADS/PO INTS


LTG

c.

EX.
FAN FAN

13 A
S/0

SH.
S!O

WiH HID

COO- 15A
KER S/0

'N
'W

'S'

NC NC

VIAT.
PUMP

/UNIT

LOAD PER
CiRCUl i - W

I
'

TOTAL
CABLE SIZE: I X 2i'3/4C ............ -ad CU.PVC.'Xl P E/S'l/AfPVC + l X 1C. ........ mmic u. PVC, ECC

OR
CAtiLE SIZE: 2 X 1C........ ........ . MM~ CU. PVC .,. I X t C, ........ t.{M1-ClJ . PVC, ECC

C . FAN = C eilfng Fan, EX. FAN=- EXtlausl F3n, SH. $10 =-'shavef so;;k.tl

out!Ot

\JIH-=\'late r Heater. H/0 = H,3nd Dryer. /' = Wine'-:>\


\' 1ypc& s= Spli11ype

REMARKS
B

APPENOIX-5

ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS

SYMBOL

DESCRIPTION

Main Oislribulion Board (MOB)

Sub Main Distribut ion Board (SM DB)

Distribution Board (OB)

- -~--

Air Circuit Breaker (ACB)

-o

Moulded Case Circuit Breaker (MCCB)

o~--

Miniature Circuit Breaker (MCB)


Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker (ELCB)
Fuse
Cl

()

Link
kWl1 Meter (Direc t reading type)
kWh Meter (CT operated lype)
Switch Line (to connect up all outlets controlled by one switch)
Circuit Line (to conne ct up all outlets on the same circuit)
Skirting Tr unking
Underfloor Trunking
13 A Switched socket outlet
15 A Switched socket outlet
20 A doub le pole swi tch with neon indicator

0-

30 A double pole switch

- 38

SYMBOL

DESCRIPTION

.1t)

Shaver Socket outlet to BS 3052

Co mbined mirro r light with integra l Shaver Socket outle t to


BS 3052

45 A Cooker control unit

T ung sten ijg hl fitt ing-ce iling mou nted.

(fitting reference letter shall be shown in circle and detailed in legend, to


give load rating of light fitting and number of lamps).

T ungsten light f itting-wa ll mounted .


(fitting reference letter shall be shown in circle detailed in legend, to give
load rating of light 1ill ing and number of lamps).

Fluoresc!3nt tube light fitting-ce iling mounted.

-0-

(fitting reference lelter shall be shown in circle and detailed In legend, to


give length of fitting and load rating plus the number of fluorescent tubes).

..
\I

'

\.

Fluorescent tube light fitting-wall mo unted.


(fitting reference letter shall be shown in circle and detailed in legend, to
give length of filling and load rating plus the number of fluorescent tubes).

Lighting Swi tch 1 WAY

Light ing Switch 2 WAY

Lighting Switch - Intermediate way

Light ing Sw itc h - Pull cord operated

Light ing Switch - Key oper ate d

39

DESCRIPTION

SYf,'IBOL

/w

0
Bl
(j)
~
Q

-l
T

Lighting switch - Weather proof type

Clock outlet point

Exhaust Fan

Ceiling Mounted Fan

Ceiling Fan Regu lator

Low level cooker outlet conne ction unit

Earth Connect ion

@)

Time Switch

Photo Electric Ce ll

_Jq_

Bell Push

Bell (not associated with Fire Alarms)

-40 -

APPENDIX - 6

(Clause 1.1 1 Section 1)

CONTRACTOR'S INSPECTION CERTIFICATE


I I We certify that the Electrical Installation at :

Project : Villa I Building I .............................................................................. ........................................ .


Consumer:

...................................................................... ........................................................................

Application No . : ........ ....... ................................................

A I C No. : ..............................................

Account No. I S. : ............................ ....................................................................................................... .


Drawing Approval Referen ce : HCS I

/9

Connected Load : ...................................... kW

Max. Demand : ........................................ kW

Dated: ............................................. ..

has been completed. inspecte d and tested In accordance with the DEWA I IEE Wiring Regulations
(latest edition) and that the resu lts are as indicated be low :
ITEMS INSPECTED OR TESTED :

1.

Type of L. v. distribution system

2 .1

Over cu rren l protec tion is provided by:


Main circuits in MOB I s
- Sub - circuits in SMOB Is
Final circuits in OB I s

2.2

1 - Phase and I or
3 - Phase
MCCB/ Fuse/
MCCB I Fuse I MCB
MCB I Fuse

Eart h leakage protectio n is provided by :

30 I ..................... rnA ELCB for 13 A socket -outlet &


Water heater I ............................ .......... ......... circuits

30/100/

...

..................... mA ELCB fo r light in!:Ji


........................................... c1rcu1ts

-100/ 300/.
........... mA ELCB / ............. for A/C
Equipm ent I Pumps I Mach ines I ...............................
2.3

Yes/No
Yes I No
Yes/No

Earth leakage detection is provided by :

30/100 rnA ELS/E LA wilh Audio I Visual alarm for Essential


serv ice equipment I .............................................................
.

Yes /No

3.

Continu ity of each earth continu ity conductor is satisfac tory.

Yes /No

4.

Insulation resistance of the fixed wiring installation with 500V


rnegga r in mega-ohms.

5.

Continui ty of ring circuit con ductors is satisfactory.

Yes /No

6.

Pola rity throug hout the installation is correct and all single
pole dev ices for protect ion and switching are in the phase
conduc tor only .

yes /No

7.

Powe r Fac tor (P. F.) Cor rec tio n Capac ito rs I Panel Is
installed .
- Min. Power factor of the wiring installation

Yes I No

8 .1

Eart h fault loop impedance is satisfacto ry

Yes I No

8.2

Main earth electro de resistance in ohms

41 -

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

Under Voltage relays wit h auto-reset time r fo r Air Conditioners/


Units fitted
Auto -reset tirner set at:

Yes I No

The operation of current operated earth leakage circuit breaker(s)


is checked and e ffective

Yes I No

Barrie rs and enclosures for protec tion against electric shoc k in


normal service are satisfactory.

Yes I No

All flex ible co rds, switc hes, fuses, plugs and socket outlets are
in good serviceable condition except as no ted below, (specify
under para 17)

Yes/ No

T here is no sign of ove rload in g of conducto rs or accessories


except as stated below. (specify under para 17 ).

Yes/ No

includes I

14 .

Apparatus tested

does not include portable appliances.

15.

We also confirm that the Main Distribution Boardls (MDBs) as noted below are fit to be energised
(LV MDBs connected directly to the Transformer).
MDB ............... (SIS ........... ......) : Yes I No

MDB ............... (S/S ............... ..) : Yes I No

MDB ............... (S/S ................. ) : Yes I No

MDB ............... (S/S .... .............) : Yes I No

16.

In pursuance of this ce rtificat ion we under ta ke to carry out nece ssar y tes ts in the w iring
installations carr ied out by us, a fter the e lec tric supply is released, and recti fy any defects if
found and/or wt1en
reported by theOwner/OEWA.

17.

Comments and deviations, if any, lrom the wiring Regulations

Electrical wiring installations supervised and tested by : ..........................................................................


(Signature)
Name : ................... ..................................,..... ........ ................. ... Position : ............................................
Company : ............ ................................................-........................................................................,.........
P. 0. Box : ....................................................... Tel.: ......................................... Fax : .................. ........ ..
DEWA Wi reman Competency Licence No. : ........... ............................................................. ....................

I .............................................
l

[ .........................
..........................
....
[
[ ....................
........... ..............
.........
[
[

Authorised Signature

&

...........
......................
..................
....

S t a m p

[
(

42 -

......................................................
.

APPEND IX-?
A-TYPICAL ARRANGEMENT OF METERING CABINET ON COMPOUND WALL

I
--

I
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,,

II

MAX

m
c

. ..

E
c

I
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II
II
II
II
II

..
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I

I
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<X)

.
,

. . ...

,(
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11

,1

11

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I

' :

I
I

:. .

Rating of incomer 'breaker


in metering cabinet

2
3
4

40A, 60A (1 PHASE )


40A, 60A, 100A
125A, 160A
200A,300A,400A

ii.
1:-

2:3:4:-

5:6:-

DESCRIPTION :
Compound wall.
Weather proof (IP 55) metering
Cabe I.
Transparent viewing window .
Hinged door with provision for wire
sealing & pad locking .
Cable (Gland) box.
Position of incomer breaker.

Dimensions in cm
A
40
40
60
80

60
60
80
100

20
20
20
25

D
20
20
25
30

15 I 10 cm PVC pipe sleeve for


service cable.
8:15 I 10 cm PVC sleeve fol load
cable.
9:
ConduiVs tor .earthing conductors
(ECC).
NOTE : All dimensions noted are in
cent imetres an9 not to scale

7:-

-43 -

i. MINIMUM DIMENSIONS:
kWh Metering
Type Reference

.. .

'

B-TYPICAL ARRANGEMENT OF kWh METERS IN ELECTRIC SERVICES ROOM

30

30

2
4

8
0

A.S/S

0
4

kWh

II

\I.S/S
0

4
0

I
I

11
11

I
I
I

I I
ti
II
I

___ _ ___

ii.

DESCR IPTION :-

1:2:3:
4:5:-

Main I Sub-main Distribution Board.


PVC / GStrunking.
Non-combustible type board I plate for fixing kWh meters.
kWh Meter.
Supply Cables.

NOTES:a) All dimensions noted are in centimetres and not to scale.


b) Layout indicates only the minimum space, maximum number of rows and arrangement,
etc. of kWh meters.
c) Earthing details, outgoing circuits & conduit terminations, etc. are not indicated.
d) Refer to clause 3.2, 3.3 & 6.5 for regulations.

- 44

C-TYPICAL ELECTRICAL SERVICES ROOM WITH 1 NO. MOB


(MAX. 400 AMPS RATING)

C- TYPICAL ELECTRICALSERVICE ROOM WITH 1 NO. MDB

(MAX. 400 AMPS RATING)

240

.
~

kWh

t-0--i """
6

LJ

kWh

-3

Tv

...
Ix
it

!I;1

l1_

ii.

DESCRIPT ION :-

1 :
2:3:4:5:
6 :7:8 :
9:-

Main Distribution Board.


PVC I GS trunking.
Non-combustible type board I plate for fixing kWh meters.
kWh Meters.
Exhaust fan (for non-ai r conditioned room} .
Cable draw - pit.
Non-maintained, mir;imum 3 Hrs. rated, se lf contained emergency light.
light fitting.
Non-combustible door (Louvered type for non-air conditioned room) .

NOTES:
a) All dimensions noted are in centimetres and not to scale.
b) Only minimum dimension permitted for electrical room is shown in the layout. Each
e lectrical room shall be designed to accommodate the MDBs I SMDBs, kWh meters .
etc. Prior approva l shall be o.btained for construction .
c) Refer to clause 3.2, 3.3 & 4.5 for regulations.
- 45 -

D-TVPICAL ELECTRICAL SERVICES ROOM WITH 1 NO.


CUBICLE TYPE L. V. SWITCHBOARD I PANEL

If) I

"'
EM

75

LV SWITCHBOARD

ii.

DESCRIPTION:-

1:2:3:4:5:-

LV Switchboard I Panel.
Exhausffan (for non-air cond itioned room).
Non -maintained, minimum 3 Hrs. rated, self contained eme rgency light.
Light fitting.
Non -combustible door (Louvered type for non-air conditioned room).

NOTES :a) All dimens ions noted are in centimetres and not to scale.
b) Only the minimum clearance I space requ ired on front, rear and sides of LV panel is
shown in the layout. Each electrical room shall be designed with adequate dimensions
to accomodate the MDBs I SMDBs, kWh Meters etc. Prior approval shall be obtained
for construction.
c) The minimum clear space shown at the sides and rear of the panel is fo r switchboards
with rear access requirements only.
d) Refer to clause 3.2 & 4.5 for regulations.

- 46 -

APPEND IX il

SELECTION OF CABLES
Recommended size ol cables for use in fixed wiring installation.
for general purposes. and in normal situations, in the Emirate of Dubai.

TABLE 1
Single Core PVC insulated, non-armoured, Stranded copper Conductors
(BS 6004 & BS 6346)
Size of cables: In 'concealef

conduits

Max. rating of

Max. Load

current/demand
(A)

2 x 1 C, 1 Phase

3/4 x 1 c, 3 Phase

(mrri")

(mm')

MOB/MCCB
(A}

1.5

1.5

10

10

2.5

2.5

15

15

20

20

25

25

10

30

30

10

16

40

40

16

25

50

50

25

25

60

60

35

50

80

80

70

100

100

95

125

125

120

150

150

commonnotestor

Tables 1, 2 &

1.

Assess initial demand with safe diversity and anticipated demand in future, if any, as applicable to
individual circuits. for selection or cable size. breakers rating. etc.

2.

Assess individual fault levels and select MCBs/MCCBs according ly.

3.

Refer to manufacturers catalogues and select MCBs/MCCBs. cable sizes. etc. tor specific applications. consider ing inductive/capacitive loads, laying conditions, voltage drop, co rrection factors . etc.

4.

Refer to Section 4, for Regulations.

.47

TABLE-2
Multi Core armoured PVC insulated, copper Conductors
(BS 6346)

Size of 1 No,, 3/4 C PVC/SWAJPVC


Cable installed In normal situations
(mm2)

Max. rating of
MCB/MCCB

Max. Load
current/demand

(Al

(A)

1.5

10

10

2.5

15

15

20

20

30

30

10

40

40

16

50

50

25

60

60

35

80

80

50

100

100

70

125

125

95

160

160

120

180

180

150

200

200

185

250

250

240

300

300

300

350

350

400

400

400

Refer to Table J for notes

48

TABLE-3
Multi Core armoured XLPE insulated, copper Conductors
(BS 5467)

Size. of 1 No,, Cable Installed In


normal situations
(mm 2)

Max. rating of
MCB/MCCB
(A)

Max. Load
current/demand
(A)

10

50

50

16

60

60

25

80

80

35

100

100

50

125

125

70

160

160

95

200

200

120

225

225

150

250

250

185

300

300

240

350

350

300

400

400

Referto Tablel tor generalnotes

- 49 -

APPENDIX 9
COLOUR IDENTIFICATION OF UNARMOURED, ARMOURED AND
FLEXIBLE CABLE CORES AND BARE CONDUCTORS
(Regulations 4 .2.4 & 4.5.1)
1.

Non flexible cables and bare conductors :

Colour ldehtifitation

Function

Earth Continuity Conductor (ECC)

Green and Yellow

Neutral Conducto r in 1 and 3-phase circuits (N)

Black

Phase conducto r in 1-phase circuits

Red
or
Red (R) I Yellow (Y) I Blue (B) as applicable

Phase conductor in 3-phase circuits


R - phase

Red

Y - phase

Yellow

B - phase

Blue

2.

Flexible cables and Cores :

Function

Colour of Core

Live

Brown

Neutral

Blue

Earth

Green and - Yellow

50

APPENDIX

10

SPEC IFICATIONS OF MDBs/SMDBs


(Refer to clause 4 .5.1)

MDB/SMDB No. :

I.

REFERENCE ST ANOAROS

BS EN 60439
BS 88 . BS EN 60439-1, I EC 439 1 & 3

II.

RA TING OF INCOMING SUPPLY


BREAKER/ISOLATOR+
{'On-load)

200A
800A

[ ]
[ J

BREAKER

300

[ ]

1600A

[ J

I J

ISOLATOR

Floor

I I
[ J

Ill.

CONSTRUCTION

.1

Mounling

Wall

.2

Degree of protection of the enclosure for


installation

lndo or -lP41/42
Outdoor-I P54155

I I
I l
I I

.3

Painting/Finish (Internal/ External)

Stove enamelled
Polyester

[ 1

400A

Hinged
I
Gaskelted

Front Cover ct-Neopr ene)

Epoxy
[ [Galvani zed

Bolted

I I

Pedestal [

[ 1
.4

I I

[ I
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[ ]Panel lock

I I

r1

.5

kWh Meter reading provision

G lass Window

I I

Gaskett.ed

I I

.6

Cable Tray

Top
Top& Bottom

I I
I J

Bottom

l I

.7

Ventilation

Louvre s

[ J

.8

Sealing/pad locking provision

Compliance with Regulation 3.3. 1O

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IV.

INTERNAL LAYOUT/ARRANGEMENT
FAULT RATING
Segregation of live parts:-

Barrier
[ I
Firmly secured
f I
Separately mounted &
Removable by tool

I I

.1

&

Incomi ng supply terminals.qugs

Busbar, tap-off connections & term inals


(' Sepa rate and Independent of each other)

Neutral & Earth Bus-bars & Terminals

.2

.3

I J

Arrangement of bus-bar and tap-off


connection s to outgoing circuit b reakers

Aatingisize of phase & neutral bus-bars &


te rminals (at max. 50 C ambient)

Shroud

[ [

Barrier
Firmly secured
Separate ly mounted &
Removable by tool

I I
[ I
[ J

Separately mounted with adequate working


clea rances/spac ing from incoming supp ly
terminals/lugs

Rigid , firmly secured, supported, direct


a.nd as short as poss ible
Adequately sized
Min , No. of bolted joints

I I

I I

I I
I I

Rated for max . 70 C internal ambient,


co nsistent with the rated incom ing
s upply breaker/isolator
Tinned electrolytic Copper

I J
I I
Contd .... 52/-

.4

.s

Rating of Main Incomer and Busbars DEWA's :

.................................

Min. lau lt rating

40 kA

I l

35kA

I 1

Provisionof min. workint1clearance/space


for:
Incoming supply cab le terminations

2Q.QA

.3.QQ/:1

il.QQA

c,ns
200A Incomers
80011600A Incomer Cms
Outgoing circuit cab les

2S

35

45

.7

.......................

Provision of supportslfac ility for


dress ,nglcla rnpir-.g outgoing circuit cab les

75

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Tr unking

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[

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Maintenanceaccesslreplaccrnen1convenience
for s1Nitchgear co,nponents

Breaker
kW h Meter

.2

Max. Height 2.0 M (From FFL)

...............

From Outside of Hinged Door/


Bolted Cover
Restricted/Lockable

. 10 Ptovision for te rmination of


Cu.lXLPE/AWA(S .C.)

I J

I J
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I J

Channels

Operationalaccess/convenience for
switchgear
Incoming supply circuit breaker/isolator
Outgoing circuit bre.:ikor

,t

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W1thiwithout cable box


Adequate

.8

V.

Min. & Max. rating of outgo ing circuit


breakers

tv1i
n. fault rating

.6

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CTs
Gland plate

Non-Ferrous glands plate

l J

The rmal
Discrin1ination
Fault

l I
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IDENTIFICATION
Rating of Incoming supply & Outgoing Circuit
brea kers:
(vis-a-vis the ,ating specified Refer to approved
Single Line Diagram No.:
........................ .......... ........... .....)

I I

Type of circuit breakers


Incoming
Outgoing

ACB
MCCB

Colour codes lor inte rnal,


main circuits wiring :
Phase
Neutral
Ear1h

Red I Yellow I Blue


Black
G reen and Yellow

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J

MCCB

FIS

.3

Terminal ferrulesror control/auxiliarycircuits

kW h Meter
Indicating tnstruments
Other .........................

.4

Permanent labels, engraved, 'tralo lite' or


similar

Board Designation
Circuit Designation
Warning Notice/s

[ J

F/S
[ JCILMCCB

J
Controls
]Indications

l I

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Contd .... 531

- 52 -

VI.

',
.i

.3

VII.

.1

EARTHING

Ratini:11s12e
of Earth bus -bar & te rminals

Compliance with Regula tion


Sect ion 5 .......... ....

Adequa1e,consistent \viththe min.


fault rating specified und er IV.4
and IV.5
Adeq uate No. & s ize to termi nat e
M ain & C irc uits ECCs

Eari hing of conduct ive parts :

I
I

( J

Enclosure
Hinged Doo r
Cable Glands

T erminat1on ot ECCs

Copper lugs

[ J

METER ING

Compli ance with Regul ation


Sect ion - :J ..........................

I l

Standard indicating instruments

(
[

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Voll ~Aeter \vith selector sv;itch


Power Factor Meter
Amrneter
Current T ran$forme rs
Indicating Lamps

[ )

[ J

[ J

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[ J
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.2

KWH Mete rs!CTs

Tested & Calib rated in DEWA

.~

W1nng/Co nncctions ol Ci Meter

'Load' side of Inco min g


supp ly breake r

.4

Protect ion o f CT m eter wiring


(' A llow 6 spare !use car1ridges in the MOB)

Current Coil
Voltage coil
'Sealed' type fuse
Heat rosis tanV
High vo ltage grade .....................................[

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[ [

,5

Mounting height from FFL

Max . 2 Mt,s.

,6

Mount ing (if door/cover mounted)

Hinged door mou nted

.7

CT s tor Tardf Metering

Exclusive
Accuracy Class 0.2 s
Matching Rati o

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As spec ified by the Consu ltan tS/Owner


Certificate fo r rev iew/ reference

[ I

Comp liance with spec ifications


Tig htness
Mechan ical/ Electrical

t I

250012125V(85%)

l I

[ J

Min 0.8 Mi r.

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[ [

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VIII. TESTS/CERTIF IC AT ION


.t

.2

IX.

Type Tes,

Routine Tes ts & Checks :


Vis ual c hecks
Sc rewedl8o lted Con nections
Operat iona l chec ks
Oielect nc test
REMARKS

53

[ [

I I
I I

APPEND IX - 11
SPECIFICATIONS OF DBs
(Re fer to clause 4.5.2)

OB No.:

I.

REFERENCE STANDARDS

BS EN 60439, BS EN 60947, IEC 439-1 BS


4293, BS 1361 & BS 88

II.

RATING OF INCOMING SUPPLY


BREAKER/ISOLATOR+
(on -load)

I
40A
I
125A
BREAKER

Ill.
.1

CONSTRUCTION
Mounting

Wall
Surface

J
J

60A

[ )

100A

[ J

ISOLATOR

[ J

Pedestal

f I

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[ J
[ J

Recessed

.2

Degree ol protection of the enclosure for


installation

lndoor -lP41/42
Outdoor-lP54155

.3

Painting/Finish (Internal/External)

Stove enamelled
Polyester

( J
[ J

Epoxy
Galvanized

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.4

Front Cover (+Neoprene)

Hinged
[ J
Gasketted

Bolied

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Cable Tray/Conduit entry

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IV.
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Assemb ly

Busbar, tap-off connections & terminals


(' Separate and independent of each other)

Neutral & Earth Bus-bars & Terminals

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JPanel lock

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INTERNAL LAYOUT/ARRANGEMENT &


FAULT RATING
Segregationof live parts :
Incoming supply terminals/lugs

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Arrangemenl ol bus-bar and tap-off


connections to outgoing circuit
breakers/Neutral bus-bars

Rating/size of phase & neutral busbars &


terminals (at max. 50 C ambienl)

Ba rrier
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Fi rmly secured
Sepa rately mounted &
Removable by tool

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Fi rmly secured
Separately mounted &
Removable by lool

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Separately mounled with adequate working


clearances/spac ing from incoming supply
te rminalsllugs & Outgoing terminals of
MCBs/FS
Segregated for each :Group of MCBs/TP ways
ElCB Section
Ri gid, lirmly secured, supported, direct
and as short as possible
Adequately sized
Min. No. of bolted jo ints
Min. No. of looped Connec1ions
Ra_tedfor max. 70 c internal ambient .
corisistent v,ilhthe rated incoming
supply breaker/isolator
Ti nned electrolytic: Copper

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3KA

4060 A
6KA

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Trunking

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Min. fau ll rating ol circu it breakers

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Prov ision of supports/lacilily lor dressing


clamp ing outgoing circuit cables

Channels

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Operat ional access/co nvenien ce for


sw itchgea r
Incom ing supply circu it b reaker/isolator

Max. Height 1.8 M (from FFL)

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100-200A
9KA

Outgoing Circu it Breakers

From outs ide of Hinged Door/


Bolted Cover
Restricted/Lockab le

Mainteriance access/rep lacement convenience:


for switchgear components

Breaker/s
ELCB/s

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Provision for terminatio,,of

Gland plate

Cable gland

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Lighting
Others .........

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Small Po\1er

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Split A/C

PVCISWA/PVC/XLPE/SWA/PVC Cables

.10 ELCBs/RCCBs

.11 U.V. Relays with auto -rese t timer

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Others ........

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Rating of Incoming supply & Outgoing Circuit
b reakers:(vis-a-vis the rating specified - Refer to approved
Single Line Diagram/distribut ion Schedules)
Type of circuit breakers: Incoming
Outgoing (C/L-C urrent Limit)

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T hermal

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Discrimin
ation

[ JC/L MCCB
Isolator
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MCCB
FIS
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C/L MCCB( J
For general loads, Type 't'/'L '
For Motor load, Type '2'/'G'/ ........

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Neutral
Earth

Red I Yellow ! Blue


Black
Green and Yellow

Terminal ferrules for control/auxiliary circu its

l.ndicating Instruments
Other ........................ .

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Controls
Circuit Designation
Indic ations
Warning Not icels
ELCBIU.V . Relay Secti on

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circuitswiring:-

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Permanent labels , engraved. 'trafo lite' or


similar

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EARTHING

Ratin g/size of Earth bus-ba r & terminals

Adequate. consistent w ith the min .


faull rating speci fied
under IV.4
Ad equate No. & size to terminate
Ma in & Circuits ECCs

Enclosure
Hinged Door
Cable Glands

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Copp er lugs

Compliance wilh Regulations


Section - 3 .............

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Termination of ECCs

VII. METERING

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Compl iance with Regulation


Section - 5 ..........................

Slan dard indicaling ins lrume nts

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Mount ing height from FFL

Max . 2 Mtrs.
Mi n. 0.8 Mtr.

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Mounting (if door/cover mounted)

H inged door mounted

Ov~ner~
Certificate for review/reference

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T ightness
MechanicallElectrical
2500/2t25V (85%)

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Type Test

Rout ine Tes ts & Checks :


Visual checks
Screwed/Bo lted Connections
Ope rational checks
Dielectric test

IX.

As specttied by the Consultants/-

REMARKS

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EARTH CONTINUITY CONDUCTORS (ECCs)


&
EQUIPOTENTIAL BONDING CONDUCTORS

Cross sectional area of


phase I neutral
conductor (S)

Minimum cross sectional area of


EGC (G/Y PVC insulated
copper conductor~)

Minimum cross sectional


area of equipotential
bonding conductor;,)

mm 2

mm2

mm 2

s~ 16

16<S<35
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(not less than 6)

16

10

-s

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Note :- Refer to section.5 for Regulations.

-s

(need not exceed 25)

APPENDIX 13

EARTH LEAKAGE PROTECTION


Recommen ded value of operating current of ELCB/RCCB In Consumer installations :-

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Sr.

Ci} eui1/eq1.1lpment/
apparatus

.. No.

Rated operating
urrenf .(mA)

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1.

13 A switched socket outlets

30

2.

Water heaters/Coolers

30

3.

Refrigerato r/Washing machine and similar apparatus

30

4.

Domestic water pumps

30

5.

Jacuzzi pumps

10

6.

Under water lighting

10

7.

1SA switched socket outlets (general purpos.e)

30

8.

General lighting

30/100

9.

Flood lighting

100/300

1o.

Window/Split type Air Conditioner

100

11.

Fan coil/Air Handllng-unitsNAV

100

12.

Package type A/C unit

13.

Chiller

14.

Irrigation pump

100

15.

Electric Cooker

100

16

Industrial machine

100/300

17.

Elevators/Escalators

300/500

18.

Neon sign

100/300
100-500-1000

300

Notes:-

1.

Grouping of circuits under one ELCB/RCCB is permitted for lighting circuits, general purpose
switched socket outlets, single phase equipmenVappliance, etc. In such cases maximum number
of circuits proposed under each group shall be suitably selected considering the type of project
such as Residential. Commerc ial, Industrial. etc. and the possible Interruptions.

2.

Wherever un-interrupted power supply is required for equipmenVcircuits of fire protection,


drainage. etc. suitable earth leakage detection system with Indication anru" r alarm is permitted.

3.

For industrial installations which are designed with co -ordinated operational system of plants and
machines . the earth leakage protection shall be suitably selected considering the safety and
operational requ,remenls.

4.

Reier to clause 5.4 for Regulations .


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APPENDIX 14

SPACING OF SUPPORTS FOR TRUNKING, CONDUITS AND CABLES

Recommended maximum spacing of Clips, Cleats , Saddles or supports


(Refer to section-6 for Regulations).

1.

TRUNKING :
Spacihg Of support in .cm
Method of Installation

2.

Steel

Rigiq PVC

Horizontal

150

100

Vertical

180

120

CONDUITS :
Spacing of support In cm

Methed of instalh;ition

3.

Steel

Rigid PVC

Horizontal

120

100

Vertical

150

120

ARMOURED CABLES :
Max. spac .ing Qf suppprl In cm
Method ofinstallatlon

Overall dia.
2cm-4cm

Overall dia.
exceeding 4 cm

Horizontal

35

60

Vertical

60

80

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NUMBER OF CABLES THAT MAY BE INSTALLED IN TRUNKING, CONDUITS AND TRAYS
(Refer to section -6 for Regulations)

1.

TRUNKING:

Where single co re insulated cables are installed in surface mounted metal or PVC trunking, the space factor
shall normally not exceed 40 percent. Suitable correction factor shall be applied to the corresponding current
carrying capacity, based on the number of circuits installed withih the trunking.

1.

CONDUIT:
Size of C0:nduit in mm
Nomihal cross seetional area of Conductors,
mm 2

20

25

32

Maximum number of cll bles drawn

1.5

12

2 .5

12

4.0

6 .0

10.0

16.0

25.0

The size of conduits selected shall allow drawing lhe cab les freely within. without damaging the insulation.

3.

CABLE TRAY:
1.

Where single core insulated & sheathed cables are installed in ventilated cable trays, the sum of the
combined cross - sectional area of all cables installed in the tray shall not exceed 50% of the interior
cross sectional area of th e cabfe tray. Suitable correction faclor shall be applied to the corresponding
cu rrent carrying capacity based on number of circuits and method of installation (touching or spaced).

2.

Where multicore cables are installed in ventilated cable trays the sum of the diameters of all cables
installed shall not ex.ceed 60% of the cable tray width and the cables shall be installed In a single
layer. Suitable corrector factor shall be applied to the corresponding current carrying capacity based
on the number of cables and the method of installat ion (touching or spaced).

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APPENDIX 16
DATA SCHEDULE FOR LV ELECTRICITY METERS AND CURRENT TRANSFORMERS
(Refer to sect ion -3. for Regu lations)
:
A. Electr icity M!l~.CS
Sr. No.

Descriptio111

1.

Type of Meters

2.

Re feren ce vo ltages & freq uency

3.

Accuracy

Class
SystemRating

Meter Application
3.1
3.2
4.

Induc tion type


Wa lt hour Meter
Ref er to c lause 1.2.
Sec ti on 1

Direct Meter ing on LV sys tem


CT Mete.ring on LV sys tem

<Or= 160A
> 160 A

2
1

Register

4.1

Type ot register

4.2

No . of d igits (d rums)

Roller cyc lome ter


(drum type reg ister)
6 (m inimum)

4.3

Height of numera ls

5 mm (minimum)

B. i&r!ao.l Trans formers :

Sr. No.

Description

1,

Rated Sec ondary Current

SA

2.

Maximum primary voltage

600V

3.

Rated Frequency

50 Hz

4.

Rated primary Current


(on ly one is app'!icable)

5.

Rated burden

200A, 300A , 400A ,


600A, 80 0A . 1200A , or
2400A
SVA

6.

No. of Phases

7.

Accu racy Class


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System Ratinq

CT metering on L V sys tem

8.

Medium of insta llation

9.

Size of Busbars (Primary)

Rated Priom

> 160 A

0.2

Air

Curre nt

Busba r Size
20 mm x 10mm
30mmx10mm
50 mm x 10mm
or 2 Nos . x
30 mm x 10mm

a}
b)
c)

20 0A. 300A
400A
60 0A, 800A

d)

1200A. 1600A

2 Nos. x 60 mm x 1O mm

e)

2400A

2 Nos . x 80 mm x 1O mm

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