TBS Develops Standard on Small Power Distribution Units

A new Tanzania Standard on small power distribution units is being developed.

The Electrical Engineering Technical Committee which convened on Thursday, April 16, 2009, discussed the draft presented by its secretary, Mr. Athuman Salim and deliberated on some changes to the draft.

According to the Head of the Electrical Engineering Section, Mr. Dunstan Kalugira, the draft will be presented to the Electrical Engineering Divisional Standards Committee (EEDC) after the suggested changes have been effected. He said he expects the standard to be out this year.

The draft standard, titled Small power distribution units (ready boards) for single-phase 230 V service connections, specifies requirements for power distribution boxes that are ready-wired with socket outlets, with or without a permanent wired luminaire.

The boxes are intended for single-phase 230 V service connections for direct connection to the terminals of the electricity dispenser or meter, and for use either in a dwelling or installed in a water proof enclosure.

Mr. Kalugira said the desire by power utilities to supply customers with small, low cost and easy to connect power distribution units compelled the Electrical Engineering Technical Committee to develop the standard.

The Electrical Engineering Technical Committee meeting that discussed the draft standard was comprised of six members, namely Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA), Cowi Tanzania, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) Ltd., Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), Energy Services Ltd. and Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), as a secretariat.