Transmission Distribution & Retail

We are upgrading our Transmission, Distribution & Retail (TD&R) assets to improve reliability, reduce costs and expand our grid capacity.

Current work

BAT – Mullet Bay (via Stokes Point)
Status: Construction
Progress Update: BELCO work on the main road completed. 

Fractious Street to Harrington Sound
Status: Construction
Progress Update: Trench progressing towards Paynter’s Road and Harrington Substation.  

Harrington Sound to Flatts
Status: Construction
Progress Update:  Trench progressing towards Lolly’s Well area. 

Store Hill to Flatts
Status: Construction
Progress Update: Trench has progressed the length of Store Hill from North Shore to Middle Road. 

Belmont to Camp Hill
Status: Construction
Progress Update:  Trench progressing past “the Hub” complex and approaching “Haywards” complex.   

Evans Bay to NOB (Morgans Point)
Status: Construction
Progress Update: ATL have progressed the trench on to Middle Road from George’s Bay Road. 

Upgrade Paths

Thank you for your patience as we upgrade our underground transmission cables.

As part of the transmission upgrade project, BELCO is replacing 40% of its current underground transmission cables that are over 50 years old. Nearly 25% of our cables have served Bermuda for over 60 years! These cables and other transmission and distribution assets are well beyond their useful lifespans, causing a higher number of faults, system vulnerability and higher maintenance costs.

Getting our grid ready for large-scale renewables

 

At this point in time, the grid is limited in its capacity to support large-scale generation from renewable resources. Our old cables and network were designed for central generation; they were not designed to accommodate generation from sources distributed across the network. The transmission cables serve as the backbone of the grid; thus their replacement represents a critical step in moving Bermuda towards its energy future.

TD&R upgrade construction project

The new cables are being installed in multi-service duct banks that will eliminate the need to dig up the roads for cable replacement in the foreseeable future.

Working closely with Works & Engineering and other utilities, the construction phase has been designed to complement Government’s future water and sewage.

Transmission cable replacements

Critical distribution infrastructure reinforcement

(i.e. schools and cell tower)

Grid modernisation projects, such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure