ENGIE is supplying more than 44MW of electricity from an energy-from-waste plant direct to city centre buildings in Coventry – delivering significant carbon savings.
ENGIE has been awarded a 25-year concession agreement with Coventry City Council (CCC) to develop and maintain a low-carbon district heating network for the city centre.
The ground-breaking scheme is one of the first of its kind in the UK, with ENGIE taking the unique role of ‘heat shipper’. This means it buys heat from an energy-from-waste plant (EfW) and ‘ships’ it via a 6.6km network of buried pipes to consumers in the city centre. The energy is then sold back to the City Council and other scheme partners, at a competitive rate.
The contract is delivered by a new subsidiary company, Coventry District Energy Company (CDEC), which is owned by ENGIE working in partnership with Coventry City Council. The low-carbon network has been delivered through a capital investment of £3M by ENGIE with a further £2.3M from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for installing the infrastructure.
The first phase of the CDEC scheme is delivering low-carbon heat to eight prominent buildings in the city, including:
- Coventry Council House
- Coventry City Council Civic Buildings 1, 2, 3 & 4
- Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
- Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre
- Coventry Cathedral
More than 44MW of energy-from-waste capacity
- 77MW of total plant thermal capacity
- Incorporates a 600,000-litre thermal storage vessel for additional resilience
- Gives customers a carbon saving of approximately 89% compared with a conventional stand-alone gas-fired system