Distribution & Retail
Replacement, Reinforcement &
BELCO is making major improvements to our underground network.
We are upgrading our Transmission, Distribution & Retail (TD&R) assets to improve reliability, reduce costs and expand our grid capacity.
WE’RE UPGRADING OUR UNDERGROUND TRANSMISSION CABLES
As part of the TD&R 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 TD&R assets are well beyond their useful lifespans, causing a higher number of faults, system vulnerability and higher maintenance costs.
TD&R UPGRADE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
The new cables will be 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 infrastructure projects. This will minimise disruption for residents and businesses while maximising the financial benefits of shared installations.
Work has been temporaily suspended.
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.
The following upgrades will enable the provision of new value-added services for our customers and will support the expansion of renewable energy in Bermuda.