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Cabling of low / high voltage lines
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Useful combination
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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 is normally more appropriate. For wires and cables used to communication data, voice or information, consider using communication=line.

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.

Possible combinations

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 power lines supported by towers.