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Government stokes Mersey Heat expansion with £6m new funding

6 Jan 2022

Government stokes Mersey Heat expansion with £6m new funding

The next phase of the Mersey Heat network gets the go ahead.

The Government has awarded £6.2m to Peel NRE’s low carbon district heat network Mersey Heat to investigate expanding the network to include Liverpool’s Three Graces buildings and surrounding properties at the Pier Head.

The grant from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is in partnership with Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management.

It will also help to fund one of two 3MW low-carbon heat pumps, the first of which will be water source heat pump at Peel NRE’s energy centre at Great Howard Street.

This funding enables Mersey Heat to undertake further feasibility studies to extend the network to the Pier Head and to be able to offer low carbon heat to the Grade I-listed Royal Liver Building, the Grade II-listed Cunard and Port of Liverpool buildings, in partnership with the buildings’ owners.

Construction work for Peel NRE’s energy centre to serve Mersey Heat is expected to start on site early 2022, housing low-carbon technology to save around 4,200 tonnes of carbon per year.

This will be achieved through the primary use of water source heat pumps and thermal stores capable of holding 260 cubic metres of hot water. Heat only gas boilers with up to a combined capacity of 40MW will act as a back up and for use during times of peak demand.

Marking another step forward in the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, the funding for Mersey Heat will come from the £320m Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) fund.

Reference: “Government stokes Mersey Heat expansion with £6m new funding” 06/01/2022