March 2016 Vol. 1

AusGrid Issues List of Approved Materials and Equipment Advice (March 2016)

ACCC Warns of Fires and Shocks as Infinity Cable Reaches Fail Date

Prysmian secures contract worth around 250 Mil for Submarine Cable

SA Power Networks Publishes Testing Standard for Underground and Overhead Distribution Powerlines

Queensland Government Alert – SKL Electrical Cables Prohibited

Chinese SKL Cables – Brittle on the outside, bad fortune on the inside!

Australian Homes at Risk from Faulty Wiring

Importing Electrical Cable from Asia ? – Get it Tested for Compliance to Australian Standards and Codes

Fire Resistant Cables in Australia – White Paper [PDF]

Lawyers Representing Nexans Make Case

World Wire Cable (Aust.) Pty Ltd Publishes Comprehensive Capability Statement [PDF]

Achievement and Experience in Service of Long Length High Voltage Electrical

Prysmian to Provide Fire Safety Cables to New UK Factory

Prysmian Group Well-connected from its Liverpool base

Prysmian and Nexans Cable Cartel Alledged

Copper-catalyzed oxidation caused by copper-rich impurities in cross-linked polyethylene cable insulation (New Research)

Condition Assessment of High Voltage (22 kV) Aerial Bundled Cable (ABC)

Condition Assessment of High Voltage (22 kV) Aerial Bundled Cable (ABC) 1st page

Tasmania is Facing a Power Crisis Due to Cable Fault

Russian Cable Conference and Exhibitions Draws Big Numbers

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