Vital Energi working on Future of Nottingham District Heat Network

We are excited to be working with Enviroenergy on the Nottingham District Heat Network, which is one of the largest and oldest district heating schemes in the country.

We’ll be carrying out a full network study, performing an in-depth survey of every aspect of the scheme, which includes the last remaining sections of the original steel mains which were installed into concrete ducts in the 1970’s.

Ashley Walsh, Managing Director – Heat Networks explains, “Nottingham was one of the pioneers of district heating in the UK and we have been contributing to their heat network for almost 30 years, so it’s exciting to be involved in a network-wide survey to gain an in-depth understanding of the current state of the network.

“With some of the pipework having been in the ground for 50 years, the Nottingham Heat Network has been a great advertisement for decentralised energy and we’re sure it has played a massive role in giving many other towns, cities and organisations the confidence to embrace district heating.”

With district heating forming a major cornerstone of the city’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2028, it needs confidence in the future investment required to ensure high quality services to our customers can be delivered in the medium and long term. I’m excited to be working with Vital, who, as a long standing delivery partner bring their considerable experience to this project, to enable the council to develop its long-term plan for the future of district heating”

Antony Greener - Nottingham City Council, Head of District Heating and Waste Strategy

The survey will be a significant undertaking which will look at approximately 50km of pre-insulated mains, the risers and laterals connecting approximately 4,600 properties and a full review of the plant and equipment installed across the network’s 47 plant rooms and substations.

The conclusion of this will see us produce a 50-year forecast for the future of the network, giving Enviroenergy the information, they need to ensure the long-term success of their network.Ashley Walsh concludes, “This is the type of long-term planning which has made Nottingham a true success story of the future.  By investing in this exercise, Enviroenergy will gain a deep understanding of the long-term maintenance and upgrade requirements which will carry the network past its centenary.”

Once the surveys are complete, we’ll make recommendations to Enviroenergy about areas of action such as internal and underground pipework replacement, planned maintenance and upgrades to the leak detection system to ensure the network can serve the residents and businesses of Nottingham for many years to come.