The next phase of Peel NRE’s low-carbon energy network earned a seal of approval from Liverpool City Council.
Under the approved plans, Peel NRE’s energy services company, Mersey Heat, will lay 1.5km of underground pipes between Central Dock and Clarence Dock, ultimately connecting with the underground services underneath Regent Road. Those services will link to the future energy centre between Great Howard Street and Sherwood Street.
When complete in 2023, the energy centre will provide heat and hot water for up to 9,000 homes and 4m sq ft of commercial space.
The heat network is a key part of the sustainability plan for Liverpool Waters, as it will both reduce carbon emissions and cut heating bills. Mersey Heat estimates that the district heating network will save 4,200 tonnes of CO2 a year. Over the network’s 40-year design life, Peel said it would save 168,000 tonnes of CO2.
Buildings connected to the heat network will get instantaneous heat and hot water, according to Mersey Heat. They will also have competitively priced heating, more accurate meter readings, a 25-year warranty including maintenance and repair, engineers on hand 24/7 to handle emergencies and a control system that will be serviced every two years for free.
Funding for the heat network comes in part from a £13m loan from the Merseyside Pension Fund.