About The Course

Reactive Power plays a very important role in the electricity networks at all voltage levels whether within industrial, distribution or transmission networks. Dynamically controlled reactive plants such as Static Var Compensator (SVC) and STATCOM are often employed to control voltages (Positive and Negative Sequence Voltages), stabilise the network, increase power transfer capability and provide fast reactive supports to the networks during and after fault events. SVC and STATCOM are used to provide dynamic VAR supports to transmission interconnectors, electrified traction loads and renewable sources.


In sub-transmission and transmission networks, SVCs and STATCOMS require significant investment in cost, time and the knowledge to plan, specify, design, operate and maintain them efficiently. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of SVC and STATCOM and how they should be applied in different network scenarios is vital in the planning process. Knowing what should be included or not to be included in the specifications can save utilities significant time and cost. Having the competent knowledge to specify equipment and systems requirements in order to work closely with the equipment suppliers will enable the Distribution and Transmission Network Operators (DSO and TSO) to optimise the cost, risk and performance of SVC or STATCOM.


The main focus of this seminar is to provide managers, engineers and technicians with the fundamental knowledge and practical approach to plan, specify, build, operate and maintain SVC and STATCOM.

Seminar Overview

This is an “Entry Level” seminar specifically designed to provide the fundamental knowledge, but nevertheless comprehensive, understanding of SVC and STATCOM. It is specially designed to meet the learning requirements of those who are new to the areas of SVC planning, specification and design integration, project implementation, operation and maintenance. This course will assist DSO and TSO personnel with the application knowledge of SVC and STATCOM in the electricity networks.

Who Should Attend

This course has been prepared specifically to meet the requirements of:


  • Asset Strategy Engineers / Asset Managers: To ensure the appropriate SVC equipment strategy is implemented for their network.
  • Procurement Specialists and Contract Managers: To ensure that the appropriate contract standards and procurement processes are established between the DSO/TSO and equipment suppliers.
  • Network Planning Engineers: To identify the optimal reactive power requirements and solutions for different network locations and network scenarios.
  • Construction and Project Managers: To ensure the project execution process optimises coordination between different specialised disciplines and the SVC equipment supplier.
  • Design Engineers (multiple disciplines): To have sufficient knowledge to specify SVC equipment and system requirements, review design reports, verify main component ratings and perform system integration design.
  • Commissioning Engineers: To ensure that the relevant Inspection and Test Plans (ITPs) are implemented and the correct commissioning processes are followed to meet network requirements and project milestones.
  • Maintenance Engineers: To have sufficient knowledge to develop the maintenance strategies, maintenance and inspection plans to support the SVCs.
  • Network Operation Engineers and Technical Officers: To have sufficient knowledge to develop the operational procedures required for SVCs and STATCOMS to support the network in the most efficient manners.
  • Field Technicians: to understand the importance of their role in installing, testing and maintaining effective and reliable SVC systems.

Course Faculty - Tuan Vu

Tuan Vu is a Fellow Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours), Master of Systems Engineering – specialised in Complex Electrical Systems, and is currently undertaking PhD research in the field of Power System Harmonics and System Modelling for Major Loads in Transmission System.


With 20 years of experience in the electricity supply industry, Tuan has extensive working knowledge in Reactive Power Compensation covering a wide range of disciplines, including technical specification, design, contract and project management, construction, commissioning, investigation and training. From 2004 to 2010, Tuan was the Technical Project Manager, Technical Superintendent Representative and SVC Subject Matter Expert for 16 SVC projects with total project budget in excess of $235M.


Tuan has successfully led a number of technical investigation tasks identifying the main contributing factors to SVC equipment faults and power systems faults caused by SVC’s mal-operation. He has presented a number of papers on specialized aspects of SVC projects at CIGRE and CIRED conferences within Australia and Internationally. Tuan has also delivered training courses and provided consultant services for internal and external customers.


Reactive Power Compensation in Power System

Placement and Sizing of SVC and System Studies

Basic Characteristics of Static Var Compensator (SVC

SVC Configurations and Implications

SVC Main Components

SVC Control, Protection and Monitoring

SVC Project Overview and Contracts

Fault Investigations – Case Studies


This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan