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

Devonshire Parish


National Stadium to Palmetto Road via Old Military Road

Progress:

Trench is progressing along Palmetto Road toward the Department of Public Transportation.

Palmetto Road is open to one way traffic travelling easterly. Traffic travelling west on North Shore Road is diverted on to North Shore Road or Barker’s Hill via the Barker’s Hill roundabout.

Eastbound traffic can access Palmetto Road from Dock Hill, except between the hours of 7:30am to 9:00pm, when the reverse is the case for morning rush hour traffic.


Devonshire Parish


Palmetto Road to Store Hill via North Shore Road

Progress:

Trench is open along North Shore Road between  Loyal Hill and Foothills Road, heading towards Cable Hill. Single lane traffic controls are up at this location.


Warwick/Southampton Parish


Southampton Princess junction to Evans Bay on Middle Road. 

Progress:

Trench is progressing along Middle Road in the vicinity of Princess Hotel junction headed west. Single lane traffic controls are up at this location. 


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 plans.

Transmission cable replacements

Critical distribution infrastructure reinforcement

(i.e. schools and cell tower)

Grid modernisation projects, such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure