BELCO Behind Most of Island’s Trenchwork

The director of transmission, distribution and retail at BELCO Michelle Leman confirmed to TNN’s Trevor Lindsay that a lot of the trenching work being done on Bermuda’s roads is being done for BELCO.

“ This work is replacing our aged infrastructure when it comes to our transmission lines,” Ms. Leman explained. “ Our transmission lines take power from our plant in Pembroke out to our substations. A lot of those cables are over 60 years old and need to be replaced.”

According to her, there is a high cost involved with trying to keep the distribution system underground. If there is a cable fault underground, they must complete fault-finding activity to locate that fault, wait for someone to come and dig up the ground, fix and joint the fawlty cable and put everything back.

“ There is still a significant amount of cables that are overhead and we continue to work and try to keep our costs at a balance for our consumers,” she said. “ We tried to work in advance [in conjunction with government] to ensure that if there were other utilities which had to get into the ground, that we worked alongside them and were not digging up the road multiple times.”

“ The ultimate aim is to get the roads back to their original standard, but this is going to be a time-consuming project that we’re working on now,” she continued.

“ We understand that this is challenging for road users, particularly when they’re trying to get to work in the mornings, but we ask everybody to have patience and courtesy towards fellow road users. This project will be ongoing for probably the next 18 months.”

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