Work has started on a new heat network for the community of Torry which will provide almost 300 homes with low-cost energy.
The £10million Torry Heat Network will supply heat for 146 flats in the three high rises at Morven Court, Brimmond Court, and Grampian Court, Deeside Family Centre, along with Provost Hogg Court and Balnagask House, Tullos Primary School, Torry social work office, and about 150 homes in Balnagask Circle, Balnagask Court, and the Farquhar Road stub blocks.
The heat will be supplied by the energy from waste plant which is being constructed in East Tullos industrial estate to dispose of non-recyclable waste from Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils, and the work includes a heat distribution facility which will be located within the former waste transfer station building beside the EfW site.
District heating can provide higher efficiencies and better pollution control than localised boilers at a time helping to reduce our carbon footprint. It significantly reduces the demand for heat generated from fossil fuel sources.
The district heating network will have the capacity for future expansion so more households can benefit from reliable, affordable low carbon heat.
Torry Heat Network will provide:
- warmer homes;
- lower heating bills;
- lower carbon emissions.
As well as work to streets to install the more than 3.7 miles of underground pipes, the project also includes new internal installations, heat metering, and heat supply pipes to the interior of the buildings.
The main spine heat distribution pipes from the heat distribution facility are to be routed underneath the Aberdeen to Dundee railway line to connect with the existing heating network in Torry.
It is expected the work will finish late 2023, depending on weather and availability of materials world-wide.
The main contractor for the work is Vital Energi, which will be carrying out local stakeholder engagement, and appointed Barhale is the specialist design and build under track crossing contractor.
The project is to receive £5.787million of grant funding from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Programme and the European Regional Development Fund.