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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Conditions on Hydro Power Generation Auxiliary Systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13527  Stabilise Out of Normal and or Emergency Conditions on Hydro Power Generation Auxiliary Systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Persons credited with this unit standard will be abe to recognise out of normal or emergency conditions, plan response actions, implement action plan, communicate out of normal and or emergency conditions and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a Hydro Power Plant. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
1. Listens, questions, observes, describes accurately and aligns with the sender`s need
2. Understands and respects people`s values and beliefs, as well as those of the organisation and manages own actions in line with the above.
3. Understands own development requirements.
4. Understands concepts, terms and theory of the specified technical field covering mathametics, science, electrical theory and power plant theory.
5. Understands the company`s vision and manages own actions in line with it.
6. Specific organisation safety standards
7. Basic first aid
8. Fire fighting
9. Emergency preparedness
10. Problem solving and decision making
11. Environmental awareness
12. Organisation understanding
13. Competent in performing all relevant operating outcomes on all power plant support systems. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The following conditions will be applicable:

1. Any condition leading to a potential capability loss on the power plant
2. Any condition leading to a potential trip on unit plant or auxiliary system
3. Any condition leading to potential plant damage
4. Any potential condition jeopardising the safety of people
5. All station plant and or systems 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Recognise out of normal or emergency conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Information indicating a potential out of normal and or emergency condition is recognised. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Deviations are recognised by comparing new data information with expected conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Out of normal and or emergency conditions identified according to specified requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Impact of out of normal and or emergency conditions on people and or environment and or process plant is
recognised. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Plan response actions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Recognised deviations verified by using relevant indicators and or resources. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Communication strategy formulated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Corrective actions are planned according to relevant procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Implement action plan. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Tasks assigned to verify deviations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Out of normal and or emergency conditions communicated to relevant staff. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Corrective actions are implemented according to action plan. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Communicate out of normal and or emergency conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Information and actions pertaining to out of normal and or emergency conditions are recorded according to
administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Information and actions pertaining to out of normal and or emergency conditions are reported according to
administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Recorded data is processed according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Hydro Power Plant. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Priority setting is understood during plant operations and controlled according to optimisation principles. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Impact on environmental factors is understood in accordance with organisational environmental policies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Mechanical plant component application and interrelation to the plant is known and understood according to
relevant theories. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Electrical plant component application and interrelation to the plant process are understood according to relevant design theories. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Process control and protection system application and interrelation to the plant processes are understood according to relevant design theories (Range: binary and analog system). 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Regulatory requirements are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Dangers of process chemicals in use are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Incidents related to specific plant operations are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Energy conversion process understanding is demonstrated according to specific hydro plant requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
10. Thermodynamic and fluid mechanic processes understood according to hydro plant requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
11. Operating philosophy pertaining to plant operating procedures is known and understood. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Evaluation of documentation by SAQA and registration thereof
  • According to SAQA accreditation requirements

    Moderation: Standard Generating Group Hydro Power Plant Operations 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Understands the overall energy conversion process and the impact the specific plant has on it.
    2. Ability to set priorities for self and own job.
    3. Awareness of and concern about the impact his/her actions have on the environment.
    4. Knows and understands the theory of application of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation plant components and it`s interrelation to the plant.
    5. Awareness, understanding and adherance to the regulatory requirements relevant to his/her plant area.
    6. Identifies process chemicals in the plant area and knows the dangers thereof.
    7. Understands the lessons learnt from trends and or incidents related to the specific plant. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying & solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization, and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organizing and critically evaluating information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making it the underlying intention of any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
    a. Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
    b. Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
    c. Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts
    d. Exploring education and career opportunities;
    e. Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The following references to assessment tools to be made through out this unit standard

    1. N005/2/1 Headrace system failure
    2. N005/2/2 Common cooling water system failure
    3. N005/2/3 Loss of blowdown compressor
    4. N005/2/4 Loss of diesel generator
    5. N005/2/5 Loss of auxiliary system electrical supply
    6. N005/2/6 Station flooding
    7. N005/2/7 Pump start device
    8. N005/2/8 Loss of waterway pressure


    Terminology used in this learning unit is consistent with the following standards
  • Electricity Supply Industry in South Africa
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

    A candidate will be regarded not yet competent should the safety of people, plant and materials be jeopardised during any stage of the assessment on any stage of this unit standard. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  23736   National Diploma: Hydro Power Plant Process Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  61570   National Diploma: Power Plant Process Control Operations  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. ESKOM DRANKENSBURG PUMP STORAGE (PEAKING) 
    2. ESKOM DUVHA POWER STATION - OPERATIONS 
    3. ESKOM INGULA PUMP STORAGE SCHEME (PEAKING) 
    4. ESKOM KRIEL POWER STATION OPERATIONS TRAINING 
    5. Kelvin Power (Pty) Ltd 



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