Veolia has been awarded £16 million in government funding to set up a new heat network in Southwark, London.
And, a further £10.7 million has been set aside to provide heat from a “forthcoming plant” in East Devon, understood to be the 87,000 tonnes per year Hill Barton Business Park, Energy Recovery Facility near Exeter, operated by Exeter Waste to Energy Ltd.
The funding from the government’s heat networks investment project (HNIP) was announced yesterday (16 May).
It means more than £250 million of funding has been awarded to heat network schemes under the HNIP since it opened its doors to applicants in 2018.
Veolia’s SELCHP combined heat and power plant in Southwark already has a heat network with local businesses, but the funds will go towards building one in a “new area of Southwark”.
This will involve supplying heating and hot water to several existing estates and schools that currently depend on gas boilers and “supporting the future growth to a new regeneration area” aimed to accommodate 20,000 new homes over the next 15 years.
The project is subject to further agreement with SELCHP (South East London Combined Heat and Power) Ltd, the existing EfW energy centre, and will involve some modifications to improve efficiencies and enable further heat extraction and the construction of a new 6km district heat network.