Coventry City Council has awarded operation of its 25-year heat network to Cofely District Energy.

Cofely will buy heat from a waste-to-energy plant and deliver it through four miles of buried pipes to consumers in the city centre, reports FMWorld.

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“The scheme will benefit the environment by providing low carbon heat which will be cheaper than gas,” according to a Cofely statement. The council will have reduced energy costs and save 2,000 ton of carbon a year – the equivalent of fuelling 400 homes.

Cofely’s capital investment will be £3m while Heatline has received £2.3m from the UK government’s Homes and Communities Agency for installation of the infrastructure.

Phase 1 is planned to be operational by September 2013. An extension of the scheme in the second phase will deliver heat to social housing and other residential developments as well as to local businesses that want to invest in the scheme, Cofely said.

“As well as the buildings that have already been earmarked for connection to the scheme, there is great potential to extend the heating network to residential properties and new developments in the future,” said Simon Woodward, chief executive of Cofely District Energy.

Buildings connected from day one will be Council House, four civic centres, the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre and Coventry Cathedral.

Cofely will supply heat to buildings starting at 9 GWh and rising to 73 GWh over the 25-years of the contract.

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