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Vattenfall JV eyes European city-scale district heating in the Lothians

By District Energy posted 09-27-2022 10:18


Utility Week


Midlothian Energy Limited – a 50/50 joint venture between Midlothian Council and Vattenfall Heat UK – has earmarked £100 million to deliver low-carbon energy projects to the Lothians over the next five years.

Midlothian Council and Vattenfall Heat UK – part of Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall AB – aim to deliver low-carbon heat to the equivalent of 170,000 homes across Midlothian, Edinburgh and East Lothian by 2050.

Its hoped that this will see district heating networks draw upon a range of heat sources and create a network similar in scale to those delivered by Vattenfall in major European cities such as Amsterdam over the last 25 years.

As such, their joint venture, Midlothian Energy Limited, has signed a contract to facilitate an initial heat network at a new town development at Shawfair – a new town six miles south of Edinburgh and a key feature of Midlothian Energy’s five-year business plan to supply low-carbon heat to over 30,000 households.

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