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Low Carbon Project Delivery Unit

Heat networks

A number of heat network opportunities across the city region are at various stages of development. Benefits of district heating networks can include: 
  1. Provision of low carbon / lower cost heat to domestic and commercial customers
  2. Diversification of the energy mix
  3. Reductions in Region-wide carbon emissions
  4. Targeting and reduction of fuel poverty
  5. Potential long term revenue streams for local authorities 
  6. Alignment with regeneration programmes
  7. Driving the growth of the low carbon services sector

The PDU supports local authorities and key stakeholders to ensure that investable schemes are taken from feasibility through to strategic business case, project procurement, final business case, and delivery. The first project for which the business case and procurement milestones have been reached is the Manchester Civic Quarter Heat (Energy) Network (CQHN) 

Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network 

The CQHN proposal involves, as its base scheme, a cluster of primarily Manchester City Council-owned or controlled buildings (including the Town Hall and Central Library) supplied with heat from a new central plant room at Manchester Central. The scheme will also include private wire electricity supply, and potential for significant expansion to other heat off-takers. 

Other Heat Network Opportunities

Detailed techno-economic feasibility studies have recently been completed for six further opportunities:

  • A network at the Co-op/Hermes  mixed-use NOMA development at the northern edge of Manchester City Centre
  • Development of a series of network opportunities within the Corridor area of Manchester City Centre 
  • An extension of the existing tri-generation (supplying heating, cooling and power) network at MediaCity UK 
  • A network in Ashton under Lyne town centre supplying heat and power to civic and commercial buildings;
  • A network in Bury town centre supplying heat and power to civic and commercial buildings;
  • A network in Bolton town centre supplying heat and power to civic and commercial buildings, and including assessment of the potential for supplying low carbon heat from the nearby existing Raikes Lane Energy from Waste plant. 

Further master-planning studies are underway at the following locations:

  • Piccadilly Station, Manchester City Centre
  • Salford Central (based upon significant planned commercial and residential development in the city centre) 
  • Trafford Park Industrial Estate (based upon existing high-energy-volume users, and large scale primary and secondary heat generation opportunities). 
  • Greater Manchester (GM) Regional Centre.