Major customer connections
If you want to establish a major customer connection, our dedicated Customer Team can guide and assist you through the connection process.
What is a major customer connection? Major customer connections are typically high rise buildings and commercial or industrial sites, like shopping centres, exhibition centres, warehouses and mine sites.
Definition of a major customer connection
In our latest Pricing Proposal, a Major Customer Connection is defined as one that is for a Connection Asset Customer (CAC), Individually Calculated Customer (ICC) or an Embedded Generator (EG). These are usually sites where the load exceeds 1,000 kVA or 1 MVA or where power usage is typically above 4 GWh per annum at a single site or generation that is above 30 kV.
Applying for a load connection > 1 MVA
This process covers load connections greater than 1 MVA, and aligns with Chapter 5A of the National Electricity Rules (NER).
There are five main stages in the process.
1. Enquiry and technical assessment
Submit a formal connection enquiry to us. You or your consultant can submit an enquiry through Customer Self Service. We'll do the necessary network investigations and provide an estimate of costs and timeframes after receiving all the required information from you. This estimate should help you to decide if you'll proceed and submit a connection application.
After we receive your enquiry, we'll allocate a Project Sponsor who'll be your single point of contact right through the connection process. They'll maintain regular contact with you and do their best to ensure your needs are met.
IMPORTANT: When completing the enquiry online, go to the ‘MyConnect’ section, select ‘Enquiry’, and then ‘Large Customer Connection’.
2. Application and offer to connect
If you wish to proceed, your consultant can submit the application on your behalf or you can submit it via Customer Self Service. We'll complete further scoping and estimating to provide a connection offer for your acceptance.
3. Offer acceptance
You consider our connection offer and complete and return the necessary agreements to accept the offer.
4. Connection contract
The National Electricity Rules provides that after a Connection Application is made, the parties are to enter into a Negotiated Ongoing Connection Contract (we call this the Connection Agreement). This governs the ongoing connection of your facility to our distribution network after the completion of the works (rather than rely upon the Deemed Standard Connection Contract that applies by default under legislation).
In addition, where works are required to establish or modify a generation connection to our distribution network, we require you to enter into a Negotiated Connection Establishment Contract (we call this the Construction Contract). This sets out the works that both parties will need to perform for the connection.
5. Detailed design, construction and commissioning
Detailed design is finalised and the connection is constructed and energised.
Applying for a HV generation connection
For connecting a high voltage embedded generator, please refer to our Large generation and batteries webpage.
Get in touch
Do you have a specific question about major customer connections? If so, please refer to our Major Customer Team webpage.