In the F-Gas Regulation, SF6 is considered in some of the articles only. The use of SF6 in electric power equipment is permitted. A number of measures required of manufacturers and users have to be implemented.
Relevant articles for SF6 electric power equipment are listed :
The optimized gas recovery requires "State of the Art" equipment
For individual activities, a certificate is necessary.
SF6-handling processes are described -based on IEC 62271-303 (2008) (and CIGRÉ No 276/2005 SF6-handling, IEEE P1712/D1 guide for SF6-handling)
For the processing and handling, NO Certificate is necessary
A certificate is necessary, either for one's own staff, or by contracting OEM or service companies with certified personal
SF6-handling at high voltage switchgear : maintenance, service, end-of-life of equipment
Minimum requirements have to be known by technicians, and must be tested by an evaluation body
|N°||Minimum knowledge and skills||Test Type|
|1 for instance IEC 60376 and IEC 60480|
|1||Basic Knwoledge of relevent environmental issues ( climate change, Kuoto Protocol, Global Warming Potential), the relevant provisions of Regulation (EC) N° 842/2006 and of the relevant Regulations Implenting provisions of Regulation (EC) N° 842/2006||T|
|2||Physical, chemical and environmental characteristics of SF6||T|
|3||Use of SF6 in electric power equipment (insulation, arc quenching)||T|
|4||SF6 quality, according to the relevant industrial standards1||T|
|5||Understanding of the design of electric power equipment||T|
|6||Checking the SF6 quality||P|
|7||Recovery of SF6 and SF6 mixtures and purification of SF6||P|
|8||Storage and transportation of SF6||T|
|9||Operation of SF6 recovery equipment||P|
|10||Operation of tight drilling systems if necessary||P|
|11||Re-use of SF6 and different re-use categories||T|
|12||Working on open SF6 compartments||P|
|13||Neutralising SF6 by-products||T|
|14||Monitoring of SF6 and appropriate data recording obligations under natonial or Community legislation, or international agreements||T|
For utilities it is usually not relevant.
The reporting is a must to do in case of SF6 > 1 t in container or bottles, for Import from outside the EU, or Export outside the EU.
The reporting is not necessary for internal EU transfers, for SF6 in equipment or for quantities < 1 t per year and company.
In some countries additional voluntary commitments regarding reporting exist.
Standards required SF6-weight already in the past (weight of gas according to IEEE C37.122 or IEC 62271-203). An additional label is required "contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas SF6 covered by the Kyoto Protocol"
The instruction manual must also contain a specific note worded "This equipment contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas SF6 covered by the Kyoto Protocol and with a global warming potential (GWP) 22 200. SF6 shall be recovered and not released into the atmosphere. For further information on use and handling of SF6 please refer to IEC 62271-303: High-voltage switchgear and control gear -Part 303 Use and handling of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)"