Biomass, District Energy, Europe

Contract for Olympic tri-generation plants awarded

Britain’s Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has awarded a contract to Elyo, a subsidiary of Suez Energy Services, for the development of energy centres and district heating networks at the Olympic Park and Stratford City.

The development site in the east of London will see Elyo build two Energy Centres, one in the west of the Olympic Park and the other within the Stratford City development itself, together with approximately 16 km of distribution network.

The new infrastructure will provide and distribute heating and cooling across the Olympic Park and Stratford City for the Games and the legacy communities that will develop after 2012.

The ODA and Stratford City Development Limited (SCDL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Westfield, jointly tendered the contract, which includes a 40-year concession agreement.

Suez Energy Services plans to recover the more than £90 million (US$180 million) cost of the developments through the long-term operation rights of the new infrastructure, it says in a statement.

ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: ‘The Energy Centre will be at the heart of the new utilities networks in the Olympic Park, providing heating, cooling and electricity for the Games and to local communities in legacy. Sustainability runs right through this project and our energy centre plans will ensure the Games deliver the lasting legacy of a sustainable energy supply for this part of east London.’

John Burton, Director of Stratford City for Westfield, further commented: ‘Positive steps such as this are fundamental to creating the right conditions for an environmentally responsible legacy. The centrepiece to achieving a long list of environmental objectives is the use of CCHP, which will provide 75% of the electrical power consumption, achieving at least a 20% reduction in carbon emissions.’

Along with tri-generation facilities, the Energy Centres will also be equipped with biomass boilers and natural gas to generate heat.

The technologies used will help ODA reach their target of 20% reduction in carbon emissions through the use of renewable energy.

Planning permission has now been granted for the Olympic Park Energy Centre and construction work will begin later in the summer to coincide with the start of work on the main venues in the Olympic Park.

The energy centres have been being designed by John McAslan & Partners and part of the infrastructure will be housed within an existing building of historical interest at Kings Yard in the west of the Olympic Park, which will be retained and renovated. This will be used to house the new biomass boilers.