An alternative technique for the detection and mitigation of electricity theft in south africa

Quentin Louw, Pitshou Bokoro

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Abstract

Electricity theft and illegal connection by ground surface conductors is a pervasive problem in South Africa. The impact this phenomenon has is not only limited to revenue loss and equipment damage, but also presents a life threatening hazard. Although the issues of non-technical losses have been researched for decades, no universal solution has been presented, due to the complexity of the problem. This paper investigates the application of zero-sequence current-based detection as a mitigation strategy to deal with illegal connections by ground surface conductors. Simulation and experimental results show the validity of this technique as well as its dependence on seasonal change of the soil resistivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-216
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers
Volume110
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Electricity theft
  • Ground surface conductors
  • Illegal connections
  • Non-technical losses
  • Soil resistivity
  • Zerosequencecurrent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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