Accumulation of moisture inside the 13.8 kV main bus and insulation tracking caused another arc-flash incident on the 13.8 kV Indoor Switchgear. An annual preventive maintenance was scheduled prior to the arc-flash incident but due to some issues with the power utility schedule, the schedule was postponed indefinitely. If the preventive maintenance was performed as scheduled, then the incident could have not happened.

Damaged Main Bus

Main Bus After Restoration

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  • A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia, and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE 2574 - 1st Place April 1991) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept selection, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction, and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and wastewater pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).

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