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New district energy network set for Manchester's Strategic Corridor

By District Energy posted 12-03-2018 00:00


Neil Hodgson, The Business Deck


A new and innovative energy project providing low-carbon heat and electricity to the City of Manchester is being pioneered as part of a major new development in the strategically important Southern Corridor of the city.

Manchester Energy Partnership Limited (MEPL) is a joint venture between Electricity North West Construction and Maintenance – part of the Electricity North West Group which owns and operates the region’s electricity distribution network – and Octagon Estates, owners of the three-acre Octagon House site on Hathersage Road, Victoria Park, which was formerly the headquarters of electricity provider Norweb plc.

The Octagon site will accommodate the generation hub of the Octagon Project Energy Network (OPEN), a scheme designed to enable thousands of Manchester residents, businesses and public sector organisations access to low carbon energy, in this diverse area of the city.

Centred around combined heat and power generation (CHP), fuelled by clean natural gas, the energy centre will generate electricity which will be sold to MEPL’s customers utilising existing Electricity North West’s assets.

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