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Standard: Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), 6/025 ENA

Code: Indian Electricity Rules / Central Electricity Authority

1. Right of Way Clearance (As per GETCO Standard)


2. Minimum clearances between Electrical Lines crossing each other
3. Permissible Min ground Clearance of Electrical Line
4. Clearance for Telephone line Crossings Power Line
5. Vertical Clearance between Electrical Line and railway tracks
6. Clearance from Buildings to low, medium & high voltage lines
7. Clearance above ground at the lowest conductor
8. Vertical Clearance at Middle of Span
9. Safety Clearance from Live Part in Outdoor Substation
10. Lying of Telecommunication Cables with Power Cables (>33 kV)
11. Safe approach limits for people

Code: Indian Electricity Rules / Central Electricity


Authority
Right of Way Clearance (As per GETCO Standard)

KV Min ROW
66 KV 18 Meter
132 KV 27 Meter
220 KV 35 Meter
400KV 52 Meter (Single Circuit)
400 KV 48 Meter (Double Circuit)

Minimum clearances between Electrical Lines crossing each other

Voltage 66 KV 132 KV 220 KV 400 KV


66 KV 2.4 Meter 3 Meter 4.5 Meter 5.4 Meter
132 KV 3 Meter 3 Meter 4.5 Meter 5.4 Meter
220 KV 4.5 Meter 4.5 Meter 4.5 Meter 5.4 Meter
400 KV 4.5 Meter 5.4 Meter 5.4 Meter 5.4 Meter

Permissible Min ground Clearance of Electrical Line

KV Ground Clearance Over National Highway


66 KV 6.1 Meter 8.0 Meter
132 KV 6.1 Meter 8.6 Meter
220 KV 7.0 Meter 9.8 Meter
400KV 8.8 Meter 10.8 Meter

Clearance for Telephone line Crossings Power Line

KV Clearance (Min)
66 KV 2.4 Meter
132 KV 2.7 Meter
220 KV 3.0 Meter

Vertical Clearance between Electrical Line and railway tracks

KV Clearance (Min)
66 KV 14 Meter
132 KV 14.6 Meter
220 KV 15.4 Meter
400 KV 17.9 Meter

Clearance from Buildings to low, medium and high voltage lines

Voltage Description Distance


Low & Medium Flat roof, open balcony, verandah roof ,When 2.5 Meter
Voltage the line passes above the building a vertical
clearance from the highest point
Low & Medium Line passes adjacent to the building a 1.2 Meter
Voltage horizontal clearance from the nearest point
Low & Medium Line passes above the building a vertical 2.5 Meter
Voltage clearance
Low & Medium Line passes adjacent the building a Horizontal 1.2 Meter
Voltage clearance
11 KV to 33 KV Line passes above or adjacent to any building 3.7 Meter
or part of a building
Above 33 KV Line passes above or adjacent to any building 3.7+(0.3 for every
or part of a building additional 33 KV )
Up to 11 KV The horizontal clearance between the nearer 1.2 Meter
conductor and any part of such building
11 KV to 33 KV The horizontal clearance between the nearer 2.0 Meter
conductor and any part of such building
Above 33 KV The horizontal clearance between the nearer 2.0 + (0.3 for every
conductor and any part ofsuch building additional 33 KV )
Clearance above ground at the lowest conductor

Voltage Description Distance


Low & Medium Voltage Across a street 5.8 Meter
High Voltage Across a street 6.1 Meter
Low & Medium Voltage Along a street 5.5 Meter
High Voltage Along a street 5.8 Meter
Low & Medium Voltage Elsewhere than along or across any street 4.0 Meter
High Voltage Elsewhere than along or across any street 5.2 Meter
33 KV & EHV Clearance above ground(Add 0.3 Meter Min 6.1 Meter
for every 33 KV Volts in 5.2 Meter)

Vertical Clearance at Middle of Span

Span Vertical Clearance (At Middle of Span)


200 Meter 4.0 Meter
300 Meter 5.5 Meter
400 Meter 7.0 Meter
500 Meter 8.5 Meter

Safety Clearance from Live Part in Outdoor Substation

KV Safety Working Clearance


12 KV 2.6 Meter
36 KV 2.8 Meter
72.5 KV 3.1 Meter
145 KV 3.7 Meter
220 KV 4.3 Meter
400KV 6.4 Meter
800 KV 10.3 Meter

Lying of Telecommunication Cables with Power Cables (>33 kV)

Cable Min. Distance


Power cable of voltage exceeding 33 kV shall be laid Min 1.2 Meter depth
Min 0.6 Meter
Underground telecommunication cable shall be with underground power
Separate from Power
cable of voltage exceeding 33 kV.
Cable
Safe approach limits for people

Voltage 214V to 415 KV 11KV 33KV 66KV 132KV 275KV


1.3 Meter 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0
Person using manually operated tool
Meter Meter Meter Meter Meter
3.0 Meter 3.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0
Person using power operated tool
Meter Meter Meter Meter Meter

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Standard: Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), 6/025 ENA

1. Clearances of Electrical Line to Ground and Roads


2. Clearances of Electrical Line to Other Objects
3. Clearances of Electrical Line to Trees and Hedges
4. Clearances of Electrical Line to Street Lighting
5. Clearances of Electrical Line to Waterways
6. Clearances to Railways
7. Clearances of Electrical Line to Fuel Tanks
8. Clearances of Electrical Lines to other Electrical Lines
9. Vertical Passing Clearance (sites where vehicles will pass below the lines)
10. Horizontal Clearance (sites where there will be no work or passage of plant under lines)
11. Distance between Conductors of Same/Different Circuit (On Same Support)
12. Vertical Distance between Conductors of different Circuit (On Different Support)
13. Distance between Conductors (Taken down from Pole to other Support, on Transformer)
14. Horizontal Distance of Telecommunication Line & Overhead Line
15. Passage Way for Metal-Clad Switchgear
16. Safe approach distance for Person from Exposed Live Parts

Standard: Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), 6/025 ENA


Clearances of Electrical Line to Ground and Roads

Description of Clearance 0.4 KV 11 KV 33KV 110KV 220 KV 400KV


Line conductor to any point not over 5.2 Meter 6.1 6.4 6.4 7.0 7.0
road Meter Meter Meter Meter Meter
5.8 Meter 6.1 6.4 6.4 7.4 8.1
Line conductor to road surface
Meter Meter Meter Meter Meter
Line conductor to road surface of 6.9 Meter 6.9 6.9 7.2 8.5 9.2
high load routes Meter Meter Meter Meter Meter
Bare live metalwork ( transformer 4.6 Meter 4.6 4.6 - - -
terminals, jumper connections, etc) Meter Meter
Clearances of Electrical Line to Other Objects

Description of Clearance <11 KV 33 KV 110KV 220KV 400 KV


Line conductor or bare live metalwork to 3.0 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.4 Meter 4.6 Meter 5.3 Meter
any object that is normally accessible
(including permanently mounted ladders
and access platforms) or to any surface
of a building
Line conductor or bare live metalwork to 0.8 Meter 0.8 Meter 1.2 Meter 2.4 Meter 3.1 Meter
any object to which access is not
required AND on which a person cannot
stand or lean a ladder
Line conductors to irrigates, slurry guns 30 Meter 30 Meter 30 Meter 30 Meter 30 Meter
and high-pressure hoses
Line conductors to playing fields 8.5 Meter 8.5 Meter 8.5 Meter 8.5 Meter 8.5 Meter
Line conductors to Caravan Sites 9.0 Meter 9.0 Meter 9.0 Meter 9.0 Meter 9.0 Meter
15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0 Meter
Horizontal clearances to wells
Meter Meter Meter Meter

Clearances of Electrical Line to Trees and Hedges

Description of Clearance <11 KV 33 KV 110KV 220KV 400 KV


Line conductor or bare live metalwork to 0.8 Meter 0.8 Meter 1.2 Meter 2.4 Meter 3.1 Meter
trees or hedges unable to support a ladder
or being climbed.
Line conductor or bare live metalwork to 3.0 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.4 Meter 4.6 Meter 5.3 Meter
trees or hedges capable of supporting a
ladder or being climbed.
Line conductor or bare live metalwork to 0.8 Meter 0.8 Meter 1.2 Meter 2.4 Meter 3.1 Meter
trees falling towards the overhead line
with the line conductors hanging
vertically.
Line conductors to trees in Orchards 3.0 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.4 Meter 4.6 Meter 5.3 Meter

Clearances of Electrical Line to Street Lighting

Description of Clearance 0.4 KV 11 KV 33KV 110KV 220 KV 400KV


Line conductor to Lantern on same 1.0 Meter - - - - -
pole
Bare line conductor to lantern or 1.5 Meter - - - - -
column below.
Insulated line conductor to column 0.3 Meter - - - - -
Insulated line conductor to lantern 1.0 Meter - - - - -
Column to nearest LV pole 1.5 Meter - - - - -
Line conductor to street lighting
column with
(1) Column in normal upright - 1.7 Meter 1.7 2.3 3.3 4.0
position. Meter Meter Meter Meter
(2) Column falling towards line with - 1.7 Meter 1.7 2.3 3.3 4.0
line conductor hanging vertically Meter Meter Meter Meter
only
- 0.4 Meter 0.4 0.8 1.4 1.9
(3) Column falling towards line
Meter Meter Meter Meter

Clearances of Electrical Line to Waterways

Description of Clearance 0.4 KV 11 KV 33KV 110KV 220 KV 400KV


Navigable Waters: Lower 10.5 Meter 10.5 Meter 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5
bank to conductor or earth Meter Meter Meter Meter
wire
Minor Watercourses : 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter
Lower bank to conductor or
earth wire

Clearances to Railways

Description of Clearance 0.4 KV 11 KV 33KV 110KV 220 KV 400KV


Line conductor to ground level 6.1 Meter 6.1 Meter 6.1 Meter 6.7 Meter 7.0 Meter 7.6 Meter
Line conductor to ground level 7.6 Meter 8.5 Meter 8.5 Meter 9.1 Meter 9.4 Meter 10.1
on or across vehicle parks Meter
Line conductor to ground level at 10.7 Meter 10.7 10.7 11.2 11.5 12.2
roads and yards, where road Meter Meter Meter Meter Meter
mobile cranes are likely to be
employed
Line conductor to Rail level 7.3 Meter 7.3 Meter 7.3 Meter 8.0 Meter 8.2 Meter 8.8 Meter
Line conductor to the level of 3.0 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.7 Meter 4.6 Meter 6.1 Meter
buildings, gantries or other
structures (including those
carrying traction wires) on which
a man may be
Line conductor to poles and other 2.4 Meter 2.7 Meter 2.7 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.7 Meter 5.5 Meter
projections.
Line conductor to any other wire 1.8 Meter 1.8 Meter 1.8 Meter 2.4 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.7 Meter
other than traction wires.

Clearances of Electrical Line to Fuel Tanks>

Description of Clearance 0.4 KV 11 KV 33KV 110KV 220 KV 400KV


Horizontal clearance from line
conductors to petrol tanks and 15 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter
vents
Horizontal clearance from line
conductors to liquid gas tanks
(1) 459 to 2273 litre capacity 3.0 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.4 Meter 4.6 Meter 5.3 Meter
(2) 2274 to 9092 litre capacity 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter 7.6 Meter
(3) More than 9093 litre. 15 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter
Vertical clearance from line
Please refer Clearances to Objects
conductors to fuel oil tanks

Clearances of Electrical Lines to other Electrical Lines

Description of Clearance 0.4 KV 11 KV 33KV 110KV 220 KV 400KV


Lowest line conductor or earth
wire of upper line to highest line 1.0 Meter 1.8 Meter 2.0 Meter 2.5 Meter 3.7 Meter 4.4 Meter
conductor of lower line.
Lowest line conductor or earth
wire of upper line to earth wire 0.7 Meter 1.4 Meter 1.6 Meter 2.5 Meter 3.7 Meter 4.4 Meter
of lower line where erected.
Lowest line conductor or earth
wire of upper line to any point
2.7 Meter 2.8 Meter 3.0 Meter 3.4 Meter 4.6 Meter 5.3 Meter
on a support of the lower line on
which a person may stand.
Support of upper line and any
7.5 Meter 7.5 Meter 7.5 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter 15 Meter
conductor of lower line.

Vertical Passing Clearance (sites where vehicles will pass below the lines)

Description of Clearance <33 KV 110KV 220KV 400 KV


Passing clearance: fixed height loads 0.8 Meter 1.4 Meter 2.4 Meter 3.1 Meter
Passing Clearance: variable height loads. 2.3 Meter 3.2 Meter 4.1 Meter 5.0 Meter

Horizontal Clearance (sites where there will be no work or passage of plant


under lines)

Description of Clearance <33 KV 110KV 220KV 400 KV


Minimum horizontal distances to safety 6.0 Meter 9.0 Meter 12.0 Meter 14.0 Meter
barriers

Distance between Conductors of Same/Different Circuit (On Same Support)

Higher Voltage of either Lower Voltage of either Distance between Circuits


Circuit Circuit
< 33 KV < 1 KV 1.0 Meter
< 33 KV > 1 KV 1.2 Meter
33 KV to 110 KV < 1 KV 1.5 Meter
33 KV to 110 KV > 1 KV 2.0 Meter
Above 110 KV All 2.5 Meter

Vertical Distance between Conductors of different Circuit (On Different


Support)

Higher Voltage of either Circuit Distance between Circuits


< 1 KV 0.6 Meter
1 KV to 33 KV 1.2 Meter
33 KV to 66 KV 1.8 Meter
110 KV 2.4 Meter
220 KV 2.8 Meter

Distance between Conductors (Taken down from Pole to other Support, on


Transformer)

Voltage Distance between Circuits


11 KV & LV Line 0.60 Meter
22 KV & LV Line 0.75 Meter
33 KV & LV Line 0.90 Meter

Horizontal Distance of Telecommunication Line & Overhead Line

Description of Clearance Distance


Telecommunication Line(Not insulated) to HV Line Min 1.6 Meter
Telecommunication Line (Bare) to LV (Bare) Line Min 1.2 Meter
Telecommunication Line (Covered) to LV (Bare) Line Min 0.6 Meter
Telecommunication Line (Bare) to Stay (Bare) Wire Min 0.3 Meter

Passage Way for Metal-Clad Switchgear

Description of Clearance Distance


Clean &unobstructed Passages at the front of any Low/High Voltage 1.0 Meter wide & 2.5
Switchgear. Meter high
Clean &unobstructed Passages at side or under any earthed enclosure 0.8 Meter wide & 2.2
containing Bare Conductor Meter high

Safe approach distance for Person from Exposed Live Parts


Circuit Voltage Distance
< 1 KV 0.5 Meter
11 KV 1.5 Meter
22 KV 2.0 Meter
33 KV 2.5 Meter
66 KV 3.0 Meter
110 KV 4.0 Meter
>220 KV 6.0 Meter