MARTIN VISITS WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S INNOVATIVE DISTRICT HEATING ENERGY CENTRE

Photo: Martin visiting the Queens Quay District Heating Project.

Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has welcomed West Dunbartonshire’s award-winning district heating energy centre as a great example of the innovation Scotland is showing in delivering low-carbon renewable energy for homes and business.

The SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire visited Clydebank’s Energy Centre in Queens Quay – which utilises the first large-scale heat pump system of its kind in the UK to generate energy from the River Clyde – to see first-hand the benefits of the district heating system.

Martin Docherty-Hughes met with officials operating the multi-million pound Energy Centre in Clydebank, and was given a tour of the facility by Jim Thompson (Scotland Regional Manager for Vital Energi) alongside West Dunbartonshire Council’s Chief Officer of Regeneration Peter Hessett.

A key part of the regeneration masterplan for West Dunbartonshire, the Queens Quay heating network project has been supported with more than £6million of funding from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.

The initial phase of the district heating energy centre has ensured low-carbon heating supplied to public buildings including the new Queens Quay House Care Home, Clydebank Leisure Centre, Aurora House and the Titan Enterprise Centre. Further expansion of the district heating network is expected to hundreds of local homes, businesses and public buildings including the Town Hall and new Clydebank Health Centre.

Commenting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“West Dunbartonshire’s award-winning district heat pump and energy centre is just a stone’s throw from my constituency office, and I’m delighted to see it take centre stage in the regeneration of Queens Quay in Clydebank.

“The Scottish Government has provided significant investment in this site as part of the multi-million pound transformation of the former John Brown’s shipyard. With more than 1,200 new homes under construction, Clydebank’s innovative energy centre will be able to provide affordable low-carbon heating to local households, businesses and public buildings including the new Queens Quay care home and health centre.

“It is incumbent on governments at all levels to play their part in moving towards net zero, and I hope to see the further expansion of projects like this one. West Dunbartonshire’s pioneering district energy system – generating heat from water in the River Clyde – is a great example of the Scottish Government’s ambition to deliver carbon-free renewable energy for Scotland’s home and businesses.”

Photos: Martin on a tour of Clydebank Energy Centre.

Further information about the Queens Quay district heating network is available from project partners West Dunbartonshire Council and Vital Energi: www.vitalenergi.co.uk/our-work/queens-quay-heat-network-design/