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Installation Requirements for LV Cables in SS Buildings

Pulling-in of cables shall not commence until ADWEA/ADDC/AADC has inspected and
approved the depth of the trench.
After the cables have been laid and provided that their spacing has been approved by
ADWEA/ADDC/AADC, they shall be covered up to the concrete tiles with an additional
layer of approved bedding material (e.g. natural and properly riddled sand, or weak mix
concrete, where the measured natural soil resistivity exceeds the value of 1200C cm/W) well
compacted over and around the cables.
Cables shall be laid directly from the drums into the trenches and special rollers placed at
close intervals (maximum 2 meters) shall be employed for supporting the cables while
pulling and laying them. Rollers used during the laying of cables shall have no sharp
projecting parts likely to damage the cables.
Until all the cables in the trench have been covered with their protection tiles as described
below, no sharp tools such as spades, pick-axes or fencing stakes shall be used in the trench
or shall be placed in such a position that they may fall into the trench.
Protective cable cover tiles shall be carefully centered over the cables as per the enclosed
drawings. These tiles shall be closely interlocked with the adjacent ones throughout the cable
Topographic survey applying Global Position System (GPS) of the cables immediately after
laying and before covering them shall be made.
GIS coordinates for all joint locations shall be provided in the As-Built drawings.
After the cables have been laid and covered, the required tests after installation shall be
In the case the Contractor fail to backfill the trenches in the manner stated above, a cost of
equal to 60% (sixty percent) of the trenching will be deducted from the invoice without
referring to the Contractor. Similarly if the Contractor fails to prepare trenches of depth as
per specification, a cost proportional to the short fall in trench depth will be deducted from
the invoiced amount without referring to him.

4.14.4 Cable Cover Tiles

For technical details of Cable cover Tiles, reference shall be made to Standard Technical
Specification, Part:
¾ S-AAA-CIVIL-CAB - Civil Works for Underground Cables

4.14.5 Cable Route Marking

Cable markers of an approved type shall be provided along each route of buried cables, to be
erected after the reinstatement has been carried out.

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Installation Requirements for LV Cables in SS Buildings

Markers shall be installed at all joint positions, at all places where the route changes the
direction, and on straight routes at distances not exceeding 30 meters. The location of the
markers shall be approved by ADWEA/ADDC/AADC.
Each cable, when completely installed, shall have permanently attached to it at each end and
at intermediate positions as may be considered necessary by ADWEA/ADDC/AADC as well
as in cable pits and at the entry to building blocks, non-corrodible metal plates upon which
shall be engraved or stamped the identification number of the cable.
Also where cables enter or leave ducts or pipes, the above mentioned identification markers
shall be fitted.
The information for cable identification numbers shall comply with the cable schedules,
which shall be prepared by the Contractor according to the actually laid cables. These cable
schedules shall indicate the cable numbers, cable sizes, voltage, rating, conductor size and
make, termination and connections at each end of the cable route.
The materials of all markers, labels and clamps shall be such as to withstand the climatic
conditions prevailing on site.
Samples with details of all markers proposed to be used shall be submitted for
ADWEA/ADDC/AADC's approval before cable installation work commences. The joint
markers shall differ from the markers for the cable routes.
In general, the cables laid direct in ground shall be accompanied by minimum 0.3 m wide red
warning tapes, marked bi-lingual (Arabic/English) in minimum 30 mm high black letters,
indicating the name of the USER and the circuit's name as well as the word "D A N G E R";
to be approved by ADWEA/ADDC/AADC.
In some sections yellow warning tapes are required and the Contractor shall apply for
approval of the warning tapes at an early stage of the project in order to avoid shortage of
warning tapes and delay of reinstatement of the cable trench.

4.14.6 Backfilling and Reinstatement

Filling-in of trenches shall not be commenced until ADWEA/ADDC/AADC has inspected
and approved the cables and accessories at site.
After the cables have been laid, the Contractor shall backfill the trench with natural and
properly riddled soil in 0.15 m layers, each layer being well compacted, watered if necessary,
and consolidated around and over the cables. Mechanical punners must not be used for this
This properly riddled and compacted natural soil shall have a maximum thermal resistivity
under operation (i.e. completely dried out) conditions of 120 0C cm/W.
At all locations of the trench where the thermal resistivity of the natural soil exceeds this
value, the Contractor shall propose an alternative (e.g. stabilized backfilling material not
exceeding 120 cm0C/W) for approximately 200 mm below and 200 mm above the cables) to

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