Cofely, a GDF SUEZ company, has acquired the energy centre connected to the ExCeL exhibition and conference centre in East London.
The company has signed a 40 year energy services contract with ExCeL to supply heat, chilled water and CHP-generated electricity to the venue.
“This acquisition has enormous significance, not just for Cofely and ExCeL but also for the low carbon regeneration of East London, and the wider Mayor of London’s heat strategy” said Cofely UK chairman Wilfrid Petrie.
“We have plans to link this system to our existing district energy schemes in Stratford, creating greater opportunities for end users to benefit from low carbon, green energy. Cofely are at present the only business with the expertise and long-term vision to deliver such a large and complex district energy infrastructure for the area. We are delighted that ExCeL shares this vision and has allowed us to purchase this important energy facility as a next step to delivering this; we are both fully committed to making this happen,” he continued.
The ExCeL energy centre currently has the capacity for 18MW of heating and 5MW of cooling, but the envelope of the building can contain more plant and was built to supply energy to the wider area.
Cofely will initially be installing a 2.6MWe of CHP, as well as additional cooling plant. They will also be replacing the existing 300m of pipework that serves the centre.
According to Cofely, when the ExCeL network is connected to the existing network owned and operated by Cofely in East London, the resulting 230MW of heating capacity will be sufficient to heat the equivalent of 45,000 homes.
This should enable the network to serve additional hotels, offices and homes as the area is regenerated over the next 20 years.