Kate Forbes in renfrewshire

Work begins on innovative low carbon district heating network in Scotland

A site visit by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy Kate Forbes has marked the start of work building an innovative renewable energy network in Renfrewshire.

On behalf of FES Group, the district heating project, at the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), will produce 90% less carbon emissions than traditional gas boilers, and will provide heating and hot water to the major manufacturers and research centres based at AMIDS.

The delivery of a low carbon district heating network is considered a vital element of the AMIDS site, with a vision to become internationally recognised for advanced manufacturing, leading innovation and research.

United Living Infrastructure Services, will play a vital role in the construction of this heating system by building the pipeline loop, which has a linear length of 1.9km. On behalf of FES Energy, it is set to be installed in the same open-cut trench containing twin large diameter High-Density Polyethylene pipes.

Benn Cottrell, Managing Director, United Living Infrastructure Services, said: “We’re pleased to have been chosen for this exciting project, bringing our engineering expertise to assist in the delivery of low-carbon solutions.

“Taking on this vital installation with its specific challenges is a project our team is looking forward to, helping to drive a low carbon economy, support a green recovery and help deliver the UK’s clean growth strategy.”

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy Kate Forbes said: “It’s great to see this incredibly beneficial and positive work being carried forward. The Scottish Government has set ambitious targets for net zero and it’s great to see local authorities drive improvement in this important area of work.”

The district heating system works by directing water normally headed for the White Cart river into a new energy centre being built at a Scottish Water site in Paisley.

There, low temperature heat is extracted then distributed through 3.7kilometres of underground pipes, before being upgraded by low carbon heat pumps into heating and hot water at each of the district businesses.

The low carbon project is scheduled to be completed by April 2022.