Dow Electrical & Telecommunications Helps Deliver Peace of Mind to Electric Utilities

Houston, Texas - April 15, 2014 -

Peace of mind for utilities and their customers means that power is always there at the flick of a switch or the push of a button. System reliability is a top priority. Around the globe, Dow Electrical & Telecommunications (Dow E&T) is working together with cable manufacturers to urge utilities to "move a little earth" in support of the concept of intelligent undergrounding of electrical infrastructure across all voltage classes.

While underground (UG) installation has long been used for medium voltage (MV) power distribution, high voltage (HV) and extra-high voltage (EHV) transmission UG projects are also becoming more prevalent as well. The benefits of UG installation can be game-changing in reducing or eliminating outages due to severe weather, vandalism or other physical threats, reduced maintenance versus overhead lines (OHL) and in lower total ownership cost over the life of the cable.

"The concept of intelligent undergrounding is simply this: to bury cable where and when it makes sense – even in combination with OHL," said Damien Polansky, Global Strategic Marketing Director, Dow Electrical & Telecommunications. "In addition to threats like weather, theft and high maintenance costs, UG cable installation should be considered where there is large congestion of OHL, areas of aesthetic or scenic interest, or near streets and roads with a high volume of traffic."

Quality practices are crucial to cable reliability – from raw materials through compounding and cable manufacturing. In North America (NA) alone, transmission cables made with DOW ENDURANCE™ HV compounds have been installed in 324 projects managed by 70+ utilities and municipalities over the past 15 years, for a total of more than 7 million feet of UG electric infrastructure. And, as reported by the manufacturer, there have been zero cable failures to date. Globally, since 1983, DOW ENDURANCE™ MV compounds have been used in enough UG distribution cables to go around the world more than 80 times.

Dow E&T has state-of-the-art compounding facilities in Europe and North America, enabling global sourcing for cable manufacturers and their customers. To support the projected growth of HV installations in NA, which are expected to be $236MM by 2015*, Dow is also investing in its Seadrift, Texas facility through upgraded production control, improved packaging and logistics operations and enhanced quality.

"Dow E&T is proud of its relationships with manufacturers of quality power cables around the world," continued Polansky. "Working together with our customers and throughout the value chain, we are helping the industry understand the correlation between quality practices and UG cable reliability. We are committed to advocating UG installation where it makes sense for both new and refurbished infrastructure – all with the aim of delivering the peace of mind that comes with reliability that utilities worldwide can count on for decades to come."

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