The North of Tyne Combined Authority is focused upon championing and enabling the growth of heat networks and geothermal energy projects in the region. Currently, the North East has a pipeline of heat network projects valued at over £500m and possesses nationally leading projects such as:
Gateshead Energy Scheme and Energy Centre
A large heat and private wire power network located in Gateshead. Commissioned in 2017 with a 4MW combined heat and power (CHP) supplying heat and power to key buildings such as the Sage, Baltic, Gateshead College and Civic Centre. In 2021 work began on an extension to the network, involving the construction of a 6MW heat pump energy centre, which uses water from abandoned coal mines 150m below ground. Accompanying this is a 5km network extension to Gateshead Stadium.
The Paul Younger Energy Centre, Hebburn
A mine water source heat network extracting heat from old Hebburn Colliery coal mines 300m below ground. The network will provide heat to a number of nearby public buildings including a high-rise social housing and leisure centre Hebburn central. Phase 2 extension design began in 2021, incorporating 450kW air source heat pump to existing mine source to provide up to 1MW of renewable heat to Hebburn Town Centre
Holborn Renewable Energy Network
A 5km heat network across Holborn and South Shields Town Centre. The scheme is expected to generate up to 6MW of renewable heat from mine water and waste wood gasification plant producing green hydrogen. The heat network will supply both existing buildings and new development in South Shields including The Word library and South Shields Town Hall.
Seaham Garden Village Mine Water Heat Network
A heat network providing a low carbon heat supply to a 1500 home new build housing site, utilising mine water from the nearby Dawdon mine water treatment plant, which is currently discharged into the sea.