Gateshead Council has been awarded a grant of almost six million pounds to double the size of its heat network in Gateshead Town Centre using heat from water flowing through abandoned mines.
The £5.9m grant will enable the council-owned Gateshead Energy Company to install 5.5 kilometres of new heating pipes, which are expected to supply a further 12GWh of heat to up to 1,250 new private homes, a care home, Gateshead International Stadium and other council-owned building in Felling.
The funding will also help to install a 6MW water source heat pump, which will extract heat from water in underground mine workings some 150 metres beneath Gateshead town centre.
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