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

St. George’s


From Mullet Bay Road to Ferry Reach Road.

Dates
Works started in June 2021.
Completion date July 2021.


Hamilton Parish


Harrington Sound Road from Shark Hole Hill to Paynters Road.

Dates
Began May 2021.
Completion date September 2021. This section of road will be fully open for Cup Match week.


Smith’s Parish


Harrington Sound Road between Harrington Sound Hill and Flatts.

Harrington Hundreds Road junction to be closed on July 17/18 for crossing. 
This trench will not be closed up for Cup Match as alternate routes exist for traffic.

Dates
Began May 2021.
Completion date October 2021.


Smith’s Parish


Store Hill, North Shore Road to Middle Road.

This trench will not proceed out onto Middle Road until after Cup Match. 

Dates
Start 7 July 2021. Completion date July 2021.


Warwick Parish


Belmont to Camp Hill – trench progressing towards Khyber Pass junction, next joint-hole location is opposite Warwick Post Office. 

Advised detour routes are South Shore Road and Harbour Road when available.

Dates
Began on March 2021
Completion November 2021. These works are in Warwick only.


Southampton Parish

Morgan’s Point to Evans Bay Road via Middle Road

This trench will not progress onto Middle Road prior to Cup Match.

Dates
Started May 2021.
Due to be completed Mid October 2021.


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