London’s £85m district heating infrastructure is taking shape

A new district heating network in London will help supply a £6bn business and housing development.
Published: Thu 24 Aug 2017

London’s new district heating infrastructure in Enfield will be delivered by Vital Energi on behalf of energetik, the energy company owned by Enfield Council.

The new district heating network will accommodate up to 30,000 homes and businesses, including the £6bn Meridian Water development. energetik want to revolutionise the local energy market and improve the reputation of district heating, in a currently unregulated market, to ensure customers receive a high quality service.

Integrated energy and regeneration strategy

Vital Energi will design, build, operate and maintain the main energy centre for Meridian Water and install the district heating network over the next 12 years, under a contract valued at £15m. The heat network forms part of an integrated energy and regeneration strategy in Enfield that will interconnect with energetik’s other networks at Arnos Grove and Ponders End.

Enfield Council has committed to reducing the borough’s carbon emissions by 40% by 2020, and the carbon footprint of homes connected to the energetik network will be up to 80% less than homes with conventional heating.

The scheme reflects Enfield’s regeneration ambitions and is expected to provide £225m of economic, environmental and social benefits to local residents and businesses, as well as boosting employment in the area.  

Changing the perception of district heating

Rob Callaghan, Regional Director (London & South) for Vital Energi commented, “We are very excited to be working on a project of this magnitude in London. With energetik’s ambitious vision, we look forward to changing the perception of district heating and showcasing the benefits that energy networks can bring to a local community.”

Jayne Clare, energetik’s Managing Director added, “The work that Vital Energi will undertake on behalf of energetik delivers the strategic infrastructure that will help to secure Enfield’s energy needs for decades to come. Implementing our specification to the standard we expect challenges the norm of district heating practices. So we are very happy to have such experienced partners in Vital Energi, helping us raise the bar for our customers and the wider industry.”

Vital Energi and energetik will work together to provide low cost, low carbon, reliable heating for the residents of Enfield and aim to connect the first customers to the scheme later this year.

UK government backs district heating

The UK Government has committed £320m in capital support for heat networks by 2021, which shouldhelp unlock up to £2bn in new heat network infrastructure investments in towns and cities across the country, delivering lower carbon and affordable heat.

According to analysis by the Committee on Climate Change, heat networks could meet up to 18% of UK heating demand by 2030, up from its current level of 2% today. Achieving that ambition will require a change in heat infrastructure investment, and billions of pounds in private sector investment.

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