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Elyo to build and operate Olympic energy centre

19 August 2008

Work has started on building the Energy Centre to provide an efficient power, heating and cooling system across Olympic Park site for the London 2012 Games and for the new buildings and communities that will develop for the legacy.

The contract to build, finance and operate the energy centre was awarded to Elyo, a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Energy Services, in July. The site of the energy centre has now been cleaned and cleared and Elyo are now on site, testing and surveying the site and installing a piling mat which will allow around 200 piles to be sunk up to 24 metres into the ground to form the foundations of the building.

Elyo will build two Energy Centres - one in the west of the Olympic Park and the other within the Stratford City development, together with approximately 16km of Community Energy Networks. The new infrastructure will provide and distribute efficient heating and cooling systems across the Olympic Park and Stratford City for the Games and the legacy communities that will develop after 2012.

ODA Chairman, John Armitt, said: "These utility networks and infrastructure will power the long-term development of the Olympic Park for many years to come so with construction work well underway, we are building for Games and legacy together from the very beginning."

The energy centre will include biomass boilers using sustainable biomass fuels (woodchip) and gas to generate heat, and a Combined Cooling Heat and Power (CCHP) plant to capture the heat generated by electricity production. The site-wide heat network will be used to generate domestic hot water and to heat the Aquatics Centre swimming pools and other venues and buildings.

The ODA and Stratford City Development Limited (SCDL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Westfield, jointly tendered the contract for a 40-year concession agreement that will see GDF SUEZ Energy Services invest more than £90m in the Olympic Park and Stratford City development to finance the works. GDF SUEZ Energy Services will recover their investment through the long term operation rights of the new infrastructure.

ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: 'The contract with the GDF SUEZ Energy Services is a significant achievement and shows the power of the 2012 Games to generate substantial private sector investment into the Olympic Park and the long-term regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley.

'The Energy Centre will be at the heart of the new utilities networks in the Olympic Park, providing heating and cooling for the Games and to local communities in legacy. Sustainability runs right through this project and our energy centre plans will ensure the Games deliver the lasting legacy of a sustainable energy supply for this part of east London.'

John Burton, Director of Stratford City for Westfield, said: 'Westfield is striving to make the Stratford City development an exemplar project in its use of technologies to reduce carbon emissions. Positive steps such as this are fundamental to creating the right conditions for an environmentally responsible legacy. The centrepiece to achieving a long list of environmental objectives is the use of CCHP, which will provide 75 per cent of the electrical power consumption, achieving at least a 20 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.'

SUEZ Energy Services Chief Executive Jérôme Tolot said: 'Providing environmental and energy efficiency is at the heart of our business, and these energy centres will utilise ‘best in class’ technologies to achieve exemplary environmental performance and provide cost effective heating and cooling. With this 40-year concession our subsidiary Elyo is demonstrating a long term commitment to providing an innovative and sustainable solution to the East of London.'

The energy centres will use innovative technologies to support the ODA and SCDL’s commitment to using renewable energy and efficient energy systems, as well as demonstrating the GDF SUEZ Group’s commitment to sustainable development. The Energy Centres will include a Combined Cooling Heat and Power (CCHP) plant that simultaneously produces heating, cooling, and electricity and will also be equipped with biomass boilers using sustainable biomass fuels and natural gas to generate heat. The technologies used will help ODA reach their target of 20 per cent reduction in C02 emissions through use of renewable energy.

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