LV Switchgear Committee

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Our Low Voltage Switchgear Committee – in review

As a major utility company, we are obviously concerned with making sure our networks are safe and efficient; but our responsibilities extend further than this. As well as meeting the requirements of the Department of Energy (DoE), the industry regulator for water and electricity, we’re also committed to developing our infrastructure in a sustainable way that’s kind to our environment, in line with the aims of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

Back in 2000, we established the Low Voltage Switchgear Committee (LVSGC) with the cooperation of the DoE. The committee aims to develop, improve and unify the specifications for all low voltage equipment being used in customer premises in Abu Dhabi. It’s made up of a team of technical experts from ADDC that offer a wide range of experience in LV equipment and practices across different fields. The contribution that the committee has made to better safety is reflected in a serious reduction in the number of fires in the emirate caused by faulty LV equipment, which is fast approaching zero.

Key functions

The role of the committee is divided into four main functions, each playing a vital part in building a safer, more secure and increasingly reliable electricity distribution network.

1. Pre-approval of LV equipment

In order for manufacturers of LV equipment to supply their products within the emirate of Abu Dhabi (excluding Al Ain district), they must first obtain pre-approval from LVSGC. The committee reviews all LV submissions and evaluates them for reliability, security and quality, in line with IEC standards for manufacturers, assemblers and suppliers. Contractors and consultants are required to only use pre-approved products on our network and also in customers’ property.

Submissions include:

LV switchgear panels (MDB, MCC, SMDB, FDB)

LV bus trunking systems (BTS)

LV circuit breakers (ACB, MCCB, RCD, MCB)

LV capacity banks (CB)

Automatic transfer switches (ATS)

Click on the “LVSGC documents” link below for information about the review process and to download application forms. See below — Approved Vendor, Products and Materials — to view the current list of approved products.

2. LV guidelines

To assist suppliers and manufacturers to do business in the emirate, the committee issue clear guidelines for designing, testing and installing LV equipment, based on current IEC Standards.

See the “LVSGC guidelines” section below for more information.

3. Approved Vendor, Products and Materials List

As with low voltage equipment, there is a pre-approval process for suppliers of LV items into the emirate. After careful evaluation, the committee publishes a list of those vendors that meet the required standard and are eligible to supply equipment within the emirate of Abu Dhabi (excluding Al Ain).


Apply to become an approved vendor

If you would like to join the DoE Approved Vendors List you can apply to register your details directly through our parent company.

The button below will direct you to the DoE portal, where you’ll need to click “Register New Company” to begin your application. In the “Registering As” field, you can choose to apply as a new vendor. Once your details are received you should then be sent a username and password for the site.


4. Technical consultation

The committee act as technical advisors to colleagues within ADDC, providing information and recommendations on LV issues.

Committee matters

LVSGC documents

Here you will find application forms to obtain pre-approval to sell your products from ADDC’s LV Switchgear Committee, along with information about the review process.


LVSGC guidelines

If you’re a manufacturer, assembler or supplier of LV equipment, you can view the committee’s publishes guidelines and technical specifications for the design, testing and installation of different LV products and components here.


Awareness and awards

Learn more about the LVSGC’s commitment to raising awareness of matters that influence and enhance low voltage technology and work practices, both internally and in the industry at large.