Stage 6 - Completion
If they haven’t already done so, Connection Applicants should submit an application for registration to AEMO. The registration process is separate to the connection process and must be completed before commissioning.
To assist with the registration process, Connection Applicants should ensure that:
- Complete simulation models of the connecting plant and associated design data are provided (see Modelling requirements page for more details).
- Plant design meets agreed performance standards.
- Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system is ready (necessary to allow first synchronisation).
Connection Applicants should also submit to the connecting Network Service Provider (NSP) and AEMO:
1. Commissioning programs. AEMO suggests Connection Applicants consider this requirement as early as possible before commissioning starts (at least three months before for transmission connection, or one month for distribution connection). On-site testing must be conducted to demonstrate that the new/modified plant meets its performance standards.
Each commissioning program should include:
- Commissioning test procedure – identifying tests and data that will be provided once results are available.
- Commissioning test schedule – setting out the expected timing of activities.
AEMO has produced a guideline on commissioning requirements, and a template for commissioning and R2 testing plans (see the Related Guides and Policies section below).
2. Advice on material inter-network impact. This must be submitted at least 80 business days before expected synchronisation, if the facility will have such an impact. AEMO will determine if inter-network tests are required.
3. Commissioning results. These must be submitted within three months of completing commissioning. The commissioning report should demonstrate compliance with the agreed performance standards. If the test results indicate that the facility does not perform as expected, its capability to meet the performance standards may require reassessment. Any non-compliance needs to be reported to AEMO (see AEMO’s non-compliance reporting page).
4. Finalised simulation models, R2 model validation report and data sheets. These must also be submitted within three months of completing commissioning. The R2 model validation report may be included as part of the commissioning report, using commissioning test data and network events data to verify the simulation model. An update of all R2 data must also be provided. If there are material changes to the simulation model, AEMO and the connecting NSP may need to re-assess the performance standards.
What to do next – compliance monitoring
Upon completion of the connection process, Connection Applicants should develop and implement a compliance monitoring program as required by clause 4.15 of the National Electricity Rules (Rules), in respect of the performance standards. Compliance is crucial to maintain power system security.
Monitoring of some performance standards (such as those associated with clauses S22.214.171.124 and S126.96.36.199 of the Rules) can only be achieved by permanently installing high speed data recorders, which capture network events as they occur. AEMO strongly recommends such monitors are installed, especially for distributed generation, such as wind and solar generating systems.
For more information, please see the Compliance Monitoring Template published by the Australian Energy Market Commission AEMC (AEMC’s compliance monitoring pages).
AEMO: reviews commissioning programs and results, reviews simulation models and associated documentation, reassesses performance standards (if necessary), and approves applications for registration.
NSP: reviews commissioning programs and results, and reassesses performance standards (if necessary).
Connection Applicant: provides updated data, commissioning programs, test results and simulation models to AEMO/connecting NSP, finalises registration application requirements, and proposes amended performance standards (if necessary).
You will require the following documents for this stage:
- Complete data and model packages – see AEMO’s Modelling requirements pages.
At this stage you may find the following documents useful:
- Commissioning Requirements for Generating Systems
- Technical Information Requirements for Connection of Generators
- Criteria for Assessing Material Inter-Network Impact of Transmission Augmentations
- Guidelines to assist Registered Participants to determine when an Inter-Network Test may be required
- AEMO’s non-compliance reporting page
- AEMO’s Registration pages
- Generation Alterations in the NEM except for Victoria process map (146 KB, pdf)
- Generating System Test Plan Template for Non-Synchronous Generation
- Generating System Test Plan Template for Conventional Synchronous Machines