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Cabling of low / high voltage lines
Group: Power
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
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Status: In use

Use power=cable for low / high voltage insulated electricity distribution cables which are normally located underground. Typically used for the local 0.4 kV network and for underground or underwater sections of the primary transmission grid.

These heavier cables should not be confused with light-weight uninsulated power distribution lines supported by pylons and poles, for which power=line/power=minor_line are normally more appropriate. For wires and cables used to communication data, voice or information, consider using communication=line.

How to Map

By default, cables are assumed to be buried underground or underwater. Use location=overground where they are above ground level. Optionally, use layer=* to indicate the relative vertical alignment of different features. For cables mounted inside a self-supporting tunnel use tunnel=yes. Dedicated power tunnels are sometimes found in large cities.


power=cable (Cable)
+ circuits=* (recommended)
+ voltage=* (recommended)
+ frequency=* (optional)
+ cables=* (optional)
+ location=underground/underwater/overground (optional)
+ ref=* (optional)
+ name=* (optional)
+ operator=* (optional)

How to detect an underground cable


Power lines by voltage using the power lines map from ITO Map

Cables are not rendered on the standard Mapnik map. The following services do show cables:

See also

  • power=line For uninsulated high-voltage power lines supported by towers.
  • power=minor_line For small power lines supported on poles, in particular those having a voltage below 50 kV.

Common Tagging Mistakes

man_made=submarine_cable - If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag. Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!