Seaton Energy Centre
Built in 2007 the Seaton CHP energy Centre was designed with expansion in mind. This building blends into the Links landscape both by its contour and “green” sedum roof. Initially built to supply heat to six multi storey blocks consisting of 503 flats, the scheme was later extended to provide heat to five public buildings including the Beach Ballroom, Leisure Centre, Linx Ice Arena, Aulton Sports Pavilion and the prestigious Aberdeen Sports Village. The Aulton Sports Pavilion being adjacent to the Energy Centre is also provided with electricity.
The capacity of the Seaton complex was increased in 2011 through the addition of another generator and boiler capacity bringing the electrical capacity up to 2MW and total heat capacity up to 7MW. The district heating network was extended to a further 8 multi storey blocks consisting of 740 flats in the Seaton area. This £4.2m project, was completed in July 2012 and was funded by Aberdeen City Council with part funding through the Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP)
Also in 2012, work was started on a district heating network extension towards the City Centre, funded by a grant of £1m from the Scottish government to Aberdeen City Council. This extension is now complete and already 5 public buildings have been connected – Aberdeen Town House, the new Frederick Street Health Village, Frederick Street Business Centre, Constitution Court sheltered housing complex, and Hanover Community Centre. Further connections are being considered.
More recently the connection to Aberdeen Sports Village has been extended to provide heat to the new Aquatic Centre consisting of a 50m swimming pool and diving pool. A new build of two blocks of flats in West North Street for interim housing for vulnerable and homeless persons was completed in 2014. The City Centre main pipeline was extended to these blocks and is well positioned for further extension in the future.