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03/02/17

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NHS Grampian leading the way with UK energy efficiency first

Two of the north east's flagship hospitals are set to become the first in the UK to share a single energy source in a groundbreaking project that will reduce carbon emissions by 16%, it was announced today.†

NHS Grampian said that work began this week to create a pioneering 'energy link' between Royal Cornhill Hospital and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at the Foresterhill Health Campus.

The link will allow the Foresterhill Energy Centre to operate at its full potential and supply heat and power to both sites. The energy centre, which came online in 2012, has already reduced emissions by 4,500 tonnes a year and the new energy link will see this further reduced by an anticipated 5,700 tonnes annually.

Energy News Release Photo

(L-R) Robert Hobkirk & Graham Mutch (both NHS Grampian)
and Daniel Glynn (Vital Energi)

The work is part of a range of energy efficiency initiatives aimed at reducing energy costs and the associated carbon emissions across NHS Grampians estate. The project is being delivered using the Carbon Energy Fund contract model with Vital Energi, a company which specialises in sustainable energy, appointed as the main contractor responsible for the installation and ongoing maintenance of the infrastructure over an agreed 25 year contract period.

Under the contract NHS Grampian will benefit from investment in infrastructure of £15.6m over the next 25 years. That includes a £10.4m of an initial investment with a further £5.2m in lifecycle replacement of assets throughout the contract period† with the cost of the infrastructure offset by savings generated through reduced energy costs.

In addition to the energy link the programme has recently completed the installation of 6000 energy efficient, LED lights in corridors, waiting areas, offices, wards and treatment rooms and the replacement of the aged† boilers at Dr Grays Hospital in Elgin with more efficient, dual fuel boilers.

Work currently underway includes installation of a new computerised, SCADA system, to provide us with greater control of heating and power levels and help ensure that the systems are running as efficiently and as cost effectively as possible; upgrading of the steam and condensate return systems within the laundry and the replacement of chiller units within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Graham Mutch, Head of Maintenance and Technical Services for NHS Grampian, said: "We are extremely proud to be at the forefront of† pioneering developments in energy efficiency. This project is a firm demonstration of our commitment as an organisation to ensuring that we are as environmentally friendly as we can be.†

"This work will also allow us to 'future proof' these sites, providing energy for the likes of the new Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR centre that are due to be built over the next few years."

Mr Mutch also said a number of studies have shown a clear link between the reduction in carbon emissions and improved health in the local community so these changes could also result in longer term health benefits for the north east.

Robert Hobkirk, Head of Sustainability Compliance and Risk at NHS Grampian, said: "We continually look forwards to ensure what we do has a minimal environmental impact which is why those considerations have been at the heart of these improvements from the outset.†

"We are also fortunate to have benefited from the expertise and advice of Vital Energi who have considerable experience in delivering these types of large scale energy projects."†

Hugh Thompson, Project Director with Vital Energi, said: "We are delighted be working in partnership with NHS Grampian on such an important carbon reduction project.†

"The energy link will require 3700m of pipework installed over the coming months. Currently our team have successfully installed over 6000m of HV cables which is the equivalent of 3 times the length of Aberdeen airports runway.† A further 3700 m will be installed in conjunction with the pipeline."

More information on Vital Energi can be found at www.vitalenergi.co.uk