No, it's very unusual to get that sort of thing here. I'm in Borneo,
and the local camp housing is limited on the amount of current each
house can draw, and on how much each section of the camp can draw.
We can't just call an electrician in and have work done, it has to be
someone from the company works department, and the guidelines say no
circuit over 15 amps. I'm going to try and pursue it further, but
wanted to check first whether I really needed to.
What puzzled me was that the starter switch has a plaque on it saying
it's rated 200v, 2200w, which only works out at 10A. The manual states
that it needs 18 amps, hence the confustion.