Cofely, a GDF SUEZ company, has been awarded a Carbon Energy Fund framework contract by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to construct, operate and maintain a new Energy Centre at Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire. Under the contract, Cofely will guarantee specified carbon and energy savings, delivering projected financial savings of around £112,000 per annum for the Trust.

Due for completion by the end of 2014, the new Energy Centre will provide heating, hot water and electricity to the hospital. The existing coal-fired boilers will be replaced with a 1MW biomass boiler, a 1.2MW combined heat and power (CHP) engine and three high efficiency dual-fuel boilers running predominantly on gas. A new building management system will also be installed.

The new plant will meet all of the hospital’s heating and hot water requirements and approximately 87% of the total electricity demand, reducing CO2 emissions by around 8,000 tonnes per annum. As part of the works the site will convert from a high temperature (115°C) hot water system to a low temperature (90°C) hot water district heating system to improve efficiency and safety. The project will also include replacement of the hospital’s effluent treatment plant with a modern, automated system that will meet both current environmental standards and future expansion of the site.

Cofely Energy Services Director Paul Rawson commented: “The new Energy Centre will provide Rampton Hospital with a more efficient, reliable and responsive energy infrastructure that will deliver guaranteed savings with a fast return on investment. We are looking forward to working with the Trust to ensure they achieve the maximum benefits from this exciting project.”

Dr Mike Harris, Executive Director Forensic Services added:  “This is a project that will deliver on ‘spend to save’. On completion, the Trust will benefit from a new efficient and resilient plant, responsive specialist operator support and experience, plus Government incentive schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), along with significant financial savings which can be invested back into services for patients.”

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