EA Technology has launched a new training course in direct response to the increased application of gas insulated switchgear (GIS) in electrical power transmission substations.

The highly focused two day course will take place during January 2013 at EA Technology’s training facility in Chester. It will cover all aspects of GIS technology and application and has already attracted a large amount of interest from electrical engineers involved in electrical transmission and operations, power network and system planners, sector operators and maintenance managers and has also generated a raft of enquiries from facilities management organisations.

EA Technology’s lead on the course aims to encourage detailed discussion on the most technical issues surrounding GIS technology from both a manufacturer and user perspective. From this, delegates will gain a true understanding of the design, specification, installation, testing and maintenance of GIS and substations.

Other relevant topics associated with GIS will also be integrated into the programme. These will include the fundamentals of switchgear elements including gas circuit breakers, switching and structural components, dis-connectors and earth switches. In addition the course will also cover GIS substation topics such as installation, insulation co-ordination, earthing, testing and condition monitoring.

EA Technology’s head of training, Steven McIntosh, said, “We are extremely pleased to be delivering this highly advanced programme. The additional international perspective we have on the course will really help develop the understanding of the complete scope of GIS and growing importance of GIS substations.

“GIS technology has become the most modern form of high voltage switchgear. Its increasing integration into our transmission network has been driven largely by significant cost and superior operational advantages. GIS substations can now be a fraction of the size of conventional air insulated substations thanks to the superior dielectric and arc quenching properties of SF6 gas. As the active parts of a GIS are enclosed there is improved safety and enhanced reliability of the substation.

“We are confident that this unique two day course will give delegates the understanding and detail they require to apply their knowledge from design and installation through to the operation and maintenance of GIS substation equipment.”