7 Mar 2024

New Generation Covered Conductor Installed in Tasmania


TasNetworks has successfully installed lightweight covered conductor in the Neika area to the south of Hobart to increase network resilience and reliability.


Amokabel, the Swedish specialist cable producer, is proud to announce that it has cooperated with TasNetworks to provide a full covered conductor solution to an area previously known for vegetation related outages. The installation is the first full scale installation of the new generation of covered conductor in Tasmania and has been completed in an area with significant vegetation.

The technology consists of conductive wire surrounded by an insulating jacket made of advanced lightweight insulation materials that improves reliability and adds minimal weight. This means that it can be restrung on existing poles to save the DNSP – and therefore the consumer – the cost of replacing or adding infrastructure. It is highly cost effective, in this case approximately one tenth of the cost of undergrounding in the same area.

TasNetworks goal for the installation is compare this new technology with its existing methods whilst immediately improving network resilience in the Neika area. Lightweight covered conductor is far more resilient than bare wire and significantly easier to install than older Covered Conductor technologies, such as CCT. It is highly resistant to dropped tree branches, a common cause of outages. The technology is also a quantum leap in safety for people and



The TasNetworks team delivering the project commented:

The Amokabel covered conductor system allows us to mitigate many of the potential risks that

traditional open wire networks pose at a very reasonable cost, making it a viable standard

replacement alternative. These include customer outage or firestart due to vegetation or

animals contacting the conductors - TasNetworks.


Steve Rutland, Managing Director of Amokabel Australia adds: “it was a pleasure to watch the TasNetworks team doing their first installation of our new generation covered conductor. Ably assisted by our local partners Groundline Engineering who provided supervision and training, the installation went very smoothly, a testament to the preparation done by the project team. The area in question is rugged and heavily treed, a perfect location for our products. Ourcovered conductor offers a range of benefits in terms of resilience, reliability and safety, making it a clear choice for widespread deployment – especially with the effects of climate change creating a challenging environment for our networks.”

As an additional benefit, lightweight covered conductor can also help to reduce the risk of bushfire by 98.8% compared with bare wire. This is because, unlike bare wire, an overheadFor Official use only line using covered conductor doesn’t produce sparks when it contacts dry foliage or other objects.


Contact and further information:

Steve Rutland, Managing Director

+61 448 009 673



Amokabel Australia Pty. Ltd.

8 Epic Place


NSW 2163