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

By District Energy posted 09-28-2022 07:44


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.

Construction of an initial district heating network – supplying some 3,000 homes, education and retail properties at Shawfair in the north of Midlothian Council area – is expected to begin this year and deliver heat to homes by 2024.

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