An £85M district heating initiative is taking shape in North London, following the appointment of Vital Energi on behalf of energetik - an energy specialist wholly owned by Enfield Council.
Crucially, this key infrastructure will accommodate up to 30,000 homes and businesses, including those provided as part of Enfield's hugely ambitious £6Bn Meridian Water regeneration.
Vital Energi will oversee design, construction, operation and maintenance of the energy centre serving Meridian Water, while installing the district heating network over a 12 year period - all under a £15M contract.
That heating network forms part of energetik’s integrated energy and regeneration strategy, developed to "interconnect" with neighbouring networks in Arnos Grove and Ponders End.
“We are very excited to be working on a project of this magnitude in London," said Rob Callaghan, Regional Director (London & South) at Vital Energi. "With energetik’s ambitious vision, we look forward to changing the perception of district heating and showcasing the benefits that energy networks can bring to a local community.”
Jayne Clare - Managing Director of energetik - echoed those sentiments, saying: “The work that Vital Energi will undertake on behalf of energetik delivers the strategic infrastructure that will help to secure Enfield’s energy needs for decades to come.”
Enfield Council aims to cut carbon emissions in the borough by 40% before 2020, and they've made a commendable start. The carbon footprint of homes connected to the energetik network will be up to 80% lower than those with conventional heating.
But there are £225M worth of economic, environmental and social benefits to be had as well - making low-cost, low-carbon heating a no-brainer.