Mersey Heat, part of Peel L&P subsidiary Peel NRE, plans to lay a further 1.5km of underground pipes in preparation for the development of the Central Docks neighbourhood, part of the £5bn waterfront masterplan.
The latest phase of Liverpool Waters’ heat network will extend over a distance of approximately 0.65km through Central and Clarence Docks according to plans lodged with Liverpool City Council.
Eventually, the pipelines will be hooked up to the recently approved energy centre between Great Howard Street and Sherwood Street. The energy centre is to provide low carbon heat and hot water for up to 9,000 homes and 4m sq ft of commercial space at Liverpool Waters through the heat network.
Around 2km of the network has already been laid, serving office buildings at Princes Dock and homes at Tobacco Warehouse at Stanley Docks.
Completion of the heat network is expected in 2023.
The Merseyside Pension Fund provided a £13m loan for the project in 2019.
Jonathan Burley, commercial director at Peel NRE, said: “Our district heat network is progressing well. When complete, it will provide low carbon heat and hot water for homes and commercial space at Liverpool Waters and the network can be extended to surrounding areas to make help make Liverpool a cleaner and greener city.”
Mersey Heat is Peel’s dedicated Energy Supply Company, which will build, own and operate the heat network.