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Published 10 May 2017

West Dunbartonshire Council has secured £6million of funding from the Scottish Government for an ambitious, high-tech heating scheme in Clydebank.

The District Heating Network will cost £12m in total, with the Council meeting 50% of the bill and the remaining £6m having been approved today (Wednesday, May 10) by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Programme (LCITP), which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

The District Heating Network plan is part of the regeneration of the former John Brown Shipyards, now known as Queens Quay, where 200 homes for social rent will be built alongside 1000 private houses. The heating project will see water extracted from the River Clyde through heat pumps and directed to businesses and homes via insulated pipes to be used for heating.

A number of public buildings will also receive their heating supply via this method, including West College Scotland, the new Clydebank Leisure Centre, the new Queens Quay care home and health centre, the Council’s offices at Aurora House, Titan Business Centre, the Town Hall and Clydebank Library.

The project will make a major contribution towards the Council’s climate change targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 15% over the next seven years.

Richard Cairns, the Council’s Strategic Director for Regeneration, Environment & Growth, said: “Securing this £6m of funding is a momentous leap forward for a project that will have a remarkable impact on the Queens Quay area and the wider area of Clydebank. It is of real benefit to the Council, residents and to the environment and we are thrilled to be able to move ahead with these ambitious plans.

“As well as providing heat to homes and businesses in Queens Quay, the District Heating Network will allow the Council to generate an income from the sale of energy and to expand the project throughout Clydebank. Being able to offer a discounted tariff to residents will also have a positive impact on tackling fuel poverty.”

Mr Cairns added: “The District Heating Network is a project that will continue to benefit the town of Clydebank for many years to come and the Council is very proud to be leading the way on this fantastic technology.”

A new, purpose built energy centre will be created at Queens Quay in 2018 and infrastructure work at the Queens Quay site, including the District Heating Network, will begin this year.