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Bridgend Town Heat Network plans take step forward

Plans to establish an innovative heat network in Bridgend town centre have taken a step forward.

Bridgend County Borough Council has approved the formation of a subsidiary company to allow the project to progress, and has agreed to include a budget of £3.4m in the capital programme for phase one of the network.

The first phase of the Bridgend Town Heat Network plans to use excess heat from a combined plant and thermal storage facility based at the Bridgend Life Centre to heat the centre, as well as the Bowls Hall and Civic Centre offices. It will also provide electricity to those buildings.

The scheme forms a key part of the council’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

In order to access funding from UK Government for the scheme, the council is required to set up a subsidiary company which will be 100% owned by the local authority to deliver the project. Any profits made will be re-invested in developing the heat network.

The council will provide a loan to the company which will be called Bridgend Heat & Power Ltd for £1.8m. This forms part of the £3.4m capital budget, with the remaining balance of funding being provided by a £1m grant from UK Government, as well as connection charges and share capital.

The Bridgend Town Heat Network is a major part of the council’s 2030 decarbonisation strategy and will allow us to lead the way on reducing energy consumption.

The delivery of the network ultimately depends on the capital cost for the project being affordable and this will be determined by a procurement exercise.

As we take the plans forward, Bridgend will be a frontrunner in developing a heat network using this tried and tested technology in Wales.

Councillor Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities

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