Katie Addison, BDAILY News
Vital Energi and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have entered into a 15 year partnership which will see Vital provide a full and comprehensive energy solution for the St James site and guarantee savings of £2.5m per year over the contract term.
Vital were awarded the scheme which consists of a turnkey solution providing the design, build, operation, maintenance and ESCo services for the hospital.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals are one of the largest in Europe, employing almost 18,000 members of staff, therefore reliability of supply was a key factor when deciding upon the solution. The Trust have an existing 20 year old CHP gas turbine energy centre which was due for replacement and therefore Vital proposed a more efficient and cost effective solution. Following extensive analysis of the Trust’s requirements, Vital identified that opting for a 4.5MWe CHP engine as an alternative to a replacement gas turbine would deliver greater efficiencies for the hospital, and provide a more cost effective energy supply.
As the ESCo energy partner, Vital have provided the finance for the £8.4m project which will eventually fund itself through the guaranteed savings of £2.5m per year, allowing for the hospital to benefit straight away without committing capital expenditure.