Timeline for Lerwick District Heating Scheme

1997 - SIC gives go-ahead for the incinerator (now called the Energy Recovery Plant)

1997 - Shetland Charitable Trust agree to proceed with the district heating scheme

1998 - November first customer connection goes live

1999 - SHEAP offices move from Toll Clock Centre to the Peak Load Boiler Station at Gremista

2000 - scheme presented with the Environment Award for Engineers

2001 - Pre-payment system installed

2002 - Sound area of Lerwick connected to district heating scheme

2006 - hot water storage tank installed

2006 - Ring mains formed around the town with the completion of the new museum

2007 - scheme applications for connections reach capacity for the heat produced

2007/08 - radio transmitting system installed to collect customer meter readings and transmit them directly to our office on demand

2008 - SEPA produces a DVD about the sheme to encourage other local authorities to consider similar schemes

2008 - an additional 6.5MW boiler installed

2009 - joined Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) which promotes district heating

2011 - new control system installed at the Peak Load Boiler Station

2011 - new, larger pump installed to replace two original pumps

2011 - 1000th domestic customer connection completed

2012 - governance of Shetland Heat Energy and Power moves from Shetland Charitable Trust to new Board of Directors

2014 - Northfish biomass plant is feeding heat into the district heating scheme.  This will help reduce our dependency on oil during high winter loads.

2016 - District heating network transferred from Shetland Charitable Trust to SHEAP

2017 - New Anderson High School and Halls of Residence connected to district heating scheme

2017 - New Eric Gray Centre connected to district heating scheme

2018 - Lerwick District Heating Scheme celebrates its 20th year of operation

2022 - SHEAP connected to Lerwick Power Station in order to use surplus heat to supplement the district heating scheme.

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