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University Hospital of Hartlepool

The University Hospital of Hartlepool is located on the outskirts of Hartlepool and provides general hospital services including A&E to people in the local area. Mainly built during the 70's and 80's the hospital has 427 beds. A Private Finance Initiative (PFI) investment of £1.5million was created to completely refurbish the existing boilerhouse

University Hospital of Hartlepool | Building CHP

The existing coal fired heating boilers were over 25 years old and at the end of their operational life. The Trust identified the need to move replace the plant with a gas fired solution which would remove the burden of coal handling on site and would improve environmental emissions and improve cost performance.

Under an agreement with Dalkia, a 1.4 MWe gas fired reciprocating CHP engine was installed alongside two new 6 te/hr steam boilers and a combination waste heat and fired boiler. The agreement also includes the subsequent operation and maintenance of the new plant and will provide secure and stable future energy supplies that provide a more cost effective and reliable energy solution for the hospital.


  • Stable heating and electricity supplies to improve the patient care environment
  • Reduced environmental emissions as CHP units are typically twice as efficient at generating electricity than conventional generation -scheme reduces carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 4000 tonnes per year
  • PFI investment of £1.5million to cover the cost of construction
  • Cost and logistic savings compared to the previous energy plant

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