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.
Under the Electricity Act (Chapter 89A), 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. Contractors
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 (LRe) for earthworks. All contractors are
required to comply with SPPG’s LRe.
From 1 Apr 2018, EMA and SPPG have implemented the Registered Earthworks Supervisor (RES) scheme to enhance cable / gas pipeline damage prevention. The RES scheme aims to ensure site supervisors are competent in cable / gas pipeline damage prevention measures, and adhere to them as required under SPPG's LRe. Only site supervisors who have passed the RES 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. Any non-compliance with SPPG's LRe would result in demerit points being given to the RES. The RES will have his registration pass suspended or revoked if his total number of demerit points exceeds a specified threshold.
Beside complying with the requirements stipulated under the Electricity Act and SPPG's LRe, contractors are also strongly encouraged to refer to SS576:2019 (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.
to Section 85(1)(a) of the Electricity Act (Chapter 89A), any person who removes, destroys or damages any electrical plant or electricity cable which is part of a transmission system that belongs 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 $1 million or imprisonment for a
term not exceeding 5 years or to both.
will investigate all cable damage incidents and take firm action against
parties who contravene Section 85 of the Electricity Act.
The table below shows the list of earthwork
contractors who have been charged and convicted in Court in the last 2 years.
||Location of High Voltage Electricity Cable Damage
||Date of High Voltage Electricity Cable Damage
||Total Fines Imposed by the Court ($)
|18 Jun 2021
||Kiso-Jiban Consultants Co. Ltd., Singapore Branch
||Pasir Ris Drive 1, near Lamp Pole No 51
||14 Jun 2018
|28 Apr 2021
||LCE Engineering Pte Ltd
||Construction site at Selarang Park Complex, Upper Changi Road
||24 Apr 2017
|09 Apr 2021
||A Deli Construction Pte Ltd
||Construction site at 751 Yishun Ave 7
||02 Mar 2018
|05 Feb 2021
||Weng Guan Technology Pte Ltd
||Tampines Ave 10 near Lamp Pole 78/A
||03 May 2017
|08 Jan 2021
||Tiong Seng Contractors (Pte) Ltd
||Irwell Bank Road near Lamp Pole No. 16
||21 Oct 2017
|16 Oct 2020
||Uni-Zone Structural Pte Ltd
||Near Blk 127 Geylang East Avenue 1
||12 Jul 2018
|16 Oct 2020
||UGL (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
||Woodleigh Park near Lamp Pole No. 22
||15 Sep 2017
|25 Sep 2020
||J&Co Engineering Pte Ltd
||3 Mei Chin Road
||08 Oct 2017
|28 Aug 2020
||Swee Hong Ltd
||Adam Road near Lamp Pole 14F
||02 Sep 2017
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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