French ENGIE to partner on district heating project in the UK

Chester, Cheshire, England, U.K. (source: flickr/ juanalbertogarciarivera, creative commons)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 5 Apr 2016

Cheshire East Council and French company ENGIE form partnership to develop district heating projects with hope that it will include geothermal energy.

Ambitions for the development of geothermal hearing projects in the UK get an interesting boost with French company ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez) entering the market.

As reported today the Cheshire East Council has teamed up with ENGIE and formed a new company, which is aimed at promoting eco-efficient district heating networks in east Cheshire, will be called Cheshire Energy Networks Ltd.

When fully developed, district heating networks will help residents and businesses to benefit from cleaner, more affordable and secure energy.

With ENGIE being a global player in the development of renewable energy generation including geothermal, e.g. in the Paris region in France, there is hope that geothermal will be part of the sources that fuel the planned district heating scheme in Cheshire.

Cheshire East is one of six areas in the UK which has a deep geothermal belt stretching from Crewe into the Potteries, offering the potential for some 4.6 million gigawatt hours of zero-carbon and low-cost energy, more than six times the national heat demand for Britain.

Source: Crewe Guardian