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Olympics 'to give district heating' to Stratford developments

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Pipes will be laid to bring low carbon heat, produced on the Olympic site, to homes and businesses in Stratford High Street, it has been revealed

The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the London Development Agency will contribute £480,000 to Cofely, the energy services firm of GDF Suez.

The money will pay for hot water pipes to be installed to connect the energy centres on the Olympic Park and Stratford City to Stratford High Street and further afield.

As a result, future developers will have the option of tapping into the low carbon heat source provided by the two energy centres instead of constructing their own combined heat and power plants.

London Development Agency director of projects Martin Powell said: ‘District heating networks are a simple and effective technology that captures surplus heat and delivers it to homes and buildings to provide their heating and hot water requirements.

‘This investment will mean Stratford’s future growth can benefit from low carbon heat.’

London Mayor Boris Johnson aims to generate a quarter of London’s energy locally by 2025, and recently marked the start of work on an £80 million gasification plant in Dagenham.

The plant will transform household rubbish into clean energy to provide energy to up to 15,000 local homes.

Cofely’s Energy Centre on the Olympic Park is the largest energy centre project to be built so far in the UK.

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