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Philip Lee advises on Ireland’s first large-scale district heating scheme

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The contract has been awarded by South Dublin County Council to Fortum eNext Ireland Ltd to develop Ireland’s first large-scale district heating scheme. The project will see the construction of an energy centre and an associated pipe network to supply heat to South Dublin County Council’s offices, the TU Dublin Tallaght Campus and other facilities and is one of the first of its kind in Ireland.  The project will deliver a high level of innovation, as waste heat from the nearby Amazon data centre will supply the heat to the network.

The Tallaght District Heating Scheme is being led by South Dublin County Council with support from the Dublin Energy Agency, Codema. The scheme will also operate as Ireland’s first not-for-profit utility and will make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions in the area, saving an estimated 1,441 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Construction on Phase 1 of the network is due to commence in early 2021.

Philip Lee advised South Dublin County Council on the procurement of a design, build, operate and maintain contract for the development of the district heating system. Given the highly technical nature of the project, the form of contract required both technical and legal levels of expertise.  The Philip Lee Construction Team worked closely with both South Dublin County Council and Codema to document how the required heat is produced and delivered through the network, in order to produce a contract that would ultimately deliver for both the contracting authority and the end-users.

Commenting on the project, Hugh Cummins, Construction Partner at Philip Lee said, “Philip Lee was delighted to work with South Dublin County Council and Codema on this novel, innovative and complex district heating project in Tallaght, Co. Dublin.

The construction of district heating projects such as this will increase energy efficiency, and reduce running costs and carbon emissions which is critical in the ongoing efforts to combat climate change.”


Press release available here.


Pictured L-R: Mike Beary (Amazon Web Services), Daniel McLoughlin and Eddie Conroy (South Dublin County Council)


Hugh Cummins