A contract to develop the main infrastructure for the University of Cambridge’s heat network has been awarded to Vital Energi.

Vital Energi is to be responsible for the design, supply and installation of the main spine of the district heating pipe network for the first phase of the North West Cambridge Development in England after winning the £2.98m contract.
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A centralised energy centre with the district heating network will distribute heat energy to the 3,000 homes on the development site and will extend to 6 km and provide 20 MW of heating when all phases are complete.

The pipeline between the Energy Centre and the Phase One building lot boundaries extends for some 2.35 km. Phase One works commenced in July 2014 and the completion of the installation of the spine main is due in December 2014. The spine mains will remain dormant (nitrogen filled) for construction purposes until final testing and commissioning commences

Gavin Heaphy, Construction Director for the North West Cambridge Development said, “The network aims to reduce energy wastage, helping us to achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 and the broader site-wide project ambitions to be an exemplar of sustainable living.”

The University is currently seeking to conclude the energy centre fit out tender award by the end of September 2014.