On 14 November 2017, Ghent mayor Daniël Termont officially inaugurated the extension of the district heating network managed by EDF Luminus towards the new Tondelier residential district.
In the foreground, from left to right: Johan Dierick, Thermal Management North EDF Luminus, Joan Van De Sompel, District Heating and Facilities North Manager, Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent, and Frank Schoonacker, Corporate Affairs, inaugurate the extension of the Ghent district heating system
During the first of the five phases of the extension project, 51 apartments were connected to the district heating network, which supplies them with 750 kW of heat. The goal of the five phases is to supply 530 new homes in the Tondelier district with 3.5 MW of heat by 2012. The network of underground conduits extends 4.4 kilometres.
This sustainable and practical heating method enables consumers’ homes to be suplied with heating and hot sanitary water. Those are supplied by the Gand-Ham plant, which produces heat using two new 2.7 MW cogeneration units. With the installation of smart counters, the residents can manage their consumption using an app that is accessible on smartphone or tablet.
In total, the heating network of the city of Ghent has an underground conduit network that is 23 km long – the longest in Belgium. It provides 70,000 MWh of heat per year, which equals the average consumption for around 5,500 families.