Earthworks Contractors

Singapore has a reliable supply of electricity, among the best in the world. EMA regulates the electricity and piped natural gas sectors and is committed to maintaining the country’s high standards for the delivery of electricity to consumers. A large part of this involves ensuring that earthworks are done in a way that avoids damaging electricity cables and affecting supply to consumers.

Contractors are required to obtain electricity cable plans from SP PowerGrid Ltd (SPPG) and engage a Licensed Cable Detection Worker (LCDW) to ascertain the location of high voltage electricity cables in the work area before starting earthworks. They should submit the Notification for Commencement of Earthworks (NCE) to SPPG at least seven calendar days before they commence earthworks in the vicinity of any high voltage electricity cables. Upon receiving such notification, SPPG will issue a Letter of Requirements for earthworks. All contractors are required to comply with SPPG’s Letter of Requirements.

Contractors are strongly encouraged to refer to SS576:2012 (Code of Practice for Earthworks in the Vicinity of Electricity Cables) as a guide to best practices for earthworks near underground electricity cables to prevent cable damages. You may purchase a copy of the code of practice online

EMA and SPPG will be implementing the Registered Earthworks Supervisor (RES) scheme to enhance the cable / gas pipeline damage prevention. The scheme requires earthwork supervisors of worksites in the vicinity of high voltage cables and medium/high pressure gas pipelines to attend a RES course to ensure they are competent in cable / gas pipeline damage prevention measures. Only site supervisors who have passed the course, and are registered as a RES with SPPG, will be allowed to supervise worksites in the vicinity of high voltage cables and medium/high pressure gas pipelines. These supervisors will be given demerit points administered by SPPG for any non-compliance of cable / gas pipeline damage prevention requirements.

With this scheme, we aim to prevent the occurrence of cable / gas pipeline damage incidents due to the lack of proper supervision of earthworks. To give time for those interested to attend the course and be registered as a RES, the requirement to deploy a RES at work sites in the vicinity of any high voltage electricity cables, and medium/high pressure gas pipelines will take effect from 1 Apr 2018.

Site supervisors, and anyone interested to be a RES, may enrol for the RES course conducted at BCA Academy (BCAA) or Singapore Institute of Power and Gas1 (SIPG). For details, please visit BCAA’s website here or SIPG’s website here. Upon successful completion of the RES course, site supervisors will have to register as a RES with SPPG, and be issued with a RES registration pass. For more information, please click here. 

1 SIPG will only conduct the RES course for contractors working for SPPA/SPPG.

According to Section 85(2) in Chapter 89A of the Electricity Act, any person who, in the course of carrying out any earthworks, damages any high voltage electricity cable in the transmission network belonging to or under the management or control of an electricity licensee, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or both.

EMA will investigate all cable damage incidents and take firm action against parties who contravene Section 85 of the Electricity Act.

The table below shows the list of earthwork contractors who have been charged and convicted in Court since 1 Jan 2013.

Date Convicted Company/Contractor Location of High Voltage Electricity Cable Damage Date of High Voltage Electricity Cable Damage
24 Nov 2017 Quek Hock Seng Construction (Pte) Ltd No. 21 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh 23 Dec 2015
03 Nov 2017 Shimizu Corporation Pioneer Road opposite Lamp Pole 151 04 Jan 2016
13 Oct 2017 Chan & Chan Engineering Pte. Ltd. Upper Bukit Timah Road near Lamp Pole No. T163 27 Jan 2016
13 Oct 2017 Leong Hin Seng Civil Engineering Pte Ltd Near Ghim Moh Road beside Block 10 01 Dec 2014
13 Oct 2017 Geomotion (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. F.K.A. Geols Pte Ltd Bukit Batok East Avenue 3 near Lamp Pole 81 05 Jun 2015
06 Oct 2017 AHA T&D Pte. Ltd. F.K.A. Hi Power Engineering Pte. Ltd. Upper Serangoon Road near Lamp Pole 166 17 Sep 2016
06 Oct 2017 AHA T&D Pte. Ltd. F.K.A. Hi Power Engineering Pte. Ltd. Tampines Road near Lamp Pole 187 05 Feb 2015
06 Oct 2017 AHA T&D Pte. Ltd. F.K.A. Hi Power Engineering Pte. Ltd. One North Crescent near Lamp Pole 9AF 26 Nov 2014
29 Sep 2017 Greenbuild Geotechnic Pte. Ltd. Keng Lee Road near Lamp Pole 22 07 Oct 2015
29 Sep 2017 Integrate Engineers Pte. Ltd. Jurong East Ave 1 near Lamp Pole 79 29 Jun 2016
08 Sep 2017 Samsung C&T Corporation Jalan Mata Ayer opposite lamp post No. 1 29 Oct 2015
19 May 2017 Meizhuan Builders Pte Ltd Woodlands Avenue 10 near Lamp Pole 99 31 Mar 2015
05 May 2017 Yew San Construction Pte Ltd Depot Road Lot MK2307A MK01 09 May 2015
07 Apr 2017 Zap Piling Pte Ltd Tuas South Boulevard near Lamp Pole 100 30 Apr 2015
11 Nov 2016 Pan Alliance Technology International Pte. Ltd. Boon Lay Way near Lamp Pole no. 326 27 Jun 2013
04 Nov 2016 Chin Kuan Engineering and Contractors Pte Ltd Tuas Avenue 3 opposite Lamp Post 1 05 Jul 2013
14 Oct 2016 China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co. Pte. Ltd. Choa Chu Kang Road near Lamp Pole no. 29 26 Feb 2015
07 Oct 2016 Sam Lain Equipment Services Pte Ltd Junction of Cairnhill Road and Scotts Road near Lamp Pole 46 22 Apr 2015
07 Oct 2016 Yu Yee Engineering Pte Ltd In front of No. 28 Jalan Buroh 08 Jan 2015
29 Jul 2016 Pay Ah Heng Contractor Pte Ltd Tuas South Avenue 14 Lamp Pole 42/6 15 May 2014
15 Jun 2016 Fonda Global Engineering Pte. Ltd. Worksite in front of Block 70 Bedok South Road 01 Jun 2013
27 May 2016 Soil Instrumentation Pte. Ltd. Worksite at Pasir Ris Drive 8 26 Dec 2013
20 May 2016 Ley Choon Constructions and Engineering Pte Ltd Loyang Drive between lamp pole 26 and lamp pole 27 01 Sep 2014
18 May 2016 China Nuclear Industry Huaxing Construction Company Ltd Along Hougang Avenue 3 near Block 6 17 Feb 2015
06 May 2016 Kingview Engineering Pte Ltd Serangoon Road near Lamp Pole no. D59 03 Mar 2014
26 Feb 2016 Cable Works Corporation Pte. Ltd. Cavenagh Road near Lamp Pole no. 25 24 Jul 2013
26 Feb 2016 Cable Works Corporation Pte. Ltd. Woodlands Industrial Park E9 near Lamp Pole no. 45 29 Mar 2014
05 Feb 2016 Lee Kok Leong Republic Boulevard near Lamp Pole No. 27F 18 Aug 2014
19 Dec 2014 Tuksu Engineering & Construction Ltd (Singapore Branch) Kampong Bahru Road near Lamp Pole 80/1 04 Oct 2013
12 Sep 2014 HSC Pipeline Engineering Pte Ltd Compassvale Street near Lamp Pole No.1-1 29 Aug 2013
13 Jun 2014 Rock & Lab Pte Ltd In front of No.119 Genting Lane 04 Dec 2012
25 Apr 2014 Weng Guan Technology Pte Ltd Upper Thomson Road, near Lamp Pole 328 12 Apr 2013
29 Nov 2013 Samsung C&T Corporation Car park inside Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd, Terminal at Meranti View, Jurong Island 17 Feb 2013
17 Oct 2013 Koh Kock Leong Enterprise Pte Ltd Junction of Cross Street and Cecil Street 06 Feb 2010
17 Oct 2013 Koh Kock Leong Enterprise Pte Ltd Block 620 Bedok Reservoir Road 07 Mar 2012
27 Sep 2013 Soil Investigation Pte Ltd Yishun Central, near Lamp Pole 1 01 Oct 2012
20 Sep 2013 Array Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd Choa Chu Kang Central, in front of Block 218 04 Aug 2012
20 Sep 2013 Sembawang Engineers and Constructors Pte Ltd Junction of Bukit Timah Road and Evans Road 15 Mar 2012
30 Aug 2013 Evergreen Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd No. 37A Tampines St 93 27 Jun 2011
23 Aug 2013 Broadley Construction Pte Ltd Pasir Ris Street 51 by Pasir Ris Drive 1 19 May 2012
19 Aug 2013 Acacia Engineering Pte Ltd West Coast Drive, near Lamp Pole 16 04 Nov 2011
05 Jul 2013 ULT Corporation Pte Ltd Gerald Drive, near Lamp Pole 32 19 Jul 2012
21 Jun 2013 Zap Piling Pte Ltd Woodlands Road opposite Lamp Pole No. T15/1 27 Oct 2011
16 May 2013 Swee Hong Engineering Construction Pte Ltd Sussex Garden, in front of the Brompton Substation 08 Dec 2009
23 Apr 2013 Ringo Civil Engineering Pte Ltd Tuas Road, near Lamp Post 22/1 23 Mar 2012
19 Apr 2013 Hexagroup Pte Ltd No. 204, Bedok South Road 28 Mar 2012
25 Jan 2013 Songcheon Engineering Pte Ltd 356 Alexandra Road 01 Sep 2009

Consumers who are affected by cable damage incidents may wish to seek independent legal advice for any losses and damages that they may have suffered. They should do this before deciding if they want to pursue further legal action against the contractors.

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