Vattenfall’s network business wins major contract for zero-carbon development in Edinburgh

Vattenfall IDNO, an Ofgem regulated independent distribution network operator (iDNO), has been awarded a multi-million-pound contract by developer Parabola to provide and operate the electrical infrastructure at Edinburgh Park Southern Phase.

The masterplan for Edinburgh Park Southern Phase is for it to be one of the UK’s biggest all-electric property developments. The electrical infrastructure can enable the entire development to operate without producing carbon emissions.

Vattenfall IDNO’s distribution network will connect every property at Edinburgh Park Southern Phase to the local grid, including nearly 1800 residential units, 1 million sqft of commercial office space, and restaurants, a health centre, bicycle hub, nursery and EV charging points.An Independent Connection Provider will be contracted to build the substations and associated infrastructure.

Once installed Vattenfall IDNO will take ownership of the new electrical network and will continue to provide the operations and maintenance of the development.

Stewart Dawson, managing director of Vattenfall Networks, said: “This site puts Edinburgh firmly among the leaders in the race to become the UKs first net zero city and provides the blueprint for changing the way we heat and power our homes, offices and buildings.  We are delighted that Parabola have invited us to work with them on this exciting new zero carbon development and recognise our expertise in delivering climate smarter living.

“Demand for fossil-fuel-free electricity is going to grow as we move towards net zero. Our strengthened, smart, electricity networks are going to be the thread that ties the whole plan for decarbonisation together.”

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