Clyde Mission: energy masterplan

This masterplan will support the strategic development of low carbon heat and energy infrastructure projects that align to the goals of the Clyde Mission. It aims to support the identification and development of a portfolio of heat and energy related investment opportunities in within the CM area.

7 Feasibility study definition

The Energy Masterplan shows where existing energy demands are located (heating, cooling, and power), locations where stakeholder projects have been proposed, their spatial relationship to clusters of heat demand, as well as spatial relationships to high-level resource opportunities and constraints.

This section presents a short selection of pre-feasibility stage projects. From the energy project long list, four pre-feasibility stage projects have been highlighted for consideration to progress to the feasibility study stage, with Scottish Government funding.

The shortlisted pre-feasibility stage projects are summarised in Table 7.1.

A multi criteria analysis (MCA) approach, agreed with the Clyde Mission Team, was used to identify projects to propose to progress to the next stage. The process is covered in the accompanying Project Shortlisting MCA report.

The highlighted projects are:

  • Scottish Event Campus
  • Fortum, EfW Heat Network
  • Kilcreggan/Rosneath Low Carbon Heating – community scale
  • Former Exxon Site Redevelopment
Table 7.1. Highlighted pre-feasibility projects


Working Title

Stakeholder Title



Cluster ID

Cluster Location

1 Scottish Event Campus Scottish Event Campus Energy Strategy Scottish Event Campus (SEC) SEC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW 26 Glasgow
4 Fortum, EfW Heat Network Low Carbon District Heat and Steam supply to local real estate and industrial customers Fortum Glasgow LTD Bogmoor Road, Glasgow, G51 4SJ 23 Hillington
18 Kilcreggan/Rosneath Low Carbon Heating – community scale Heat from Wastewater Treatment Works Argyll and Bute Kilcreggan and Rosneath N/A No cluster identified
8 Former Exxon Site Redevelopment Low Carbon Commercial and Industrial Estate - Former Exxon Site West Dunbartonshire Council Bowling Harbour, Dumbarton Road, Bowling, G60 5AF N/A No cluster identified

7.2 Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow

Project Name: Scottish Event Campus

Stakeholder Title: Scottish Event Campus Energy Strategy

Proposed Project ID: 1

Location: SEC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW

Technologies: Wind turbine, PV and WSHP/GSHP connected to a heat network with battery storage and smart grid

Scale: 12,000MWh power, 7,000MWh heating and cooling

Heat Demand Cluster: Glasgow (Cluster ID: 26)


The SEC is Scotland's largest exhibition and event centre. The SEC has proposed to reduce its current natural gas consumption for heat generation through the development of a water-source heat pump project which will meet a portion of the SEC's heating and cooling demand. Potentially, heat could be drawn from the heat pump which will be part of the Glasgow Harbour project.

There is potential to expand the scheme to include the adjacent Clydeside Distillery who are currently looking at the feasibility of a high-temperature heat pump to meet their process heat demands. SEC have ambitious targets for the campus to become net zero.

The project scored highly in terms of deliverability as the project is surrounded by parties interested in reducing their GHG emissions. Clydeside Distillery also proposed their project separately however there may be potential to form a communal heat network. The project has a significant potential positive economic impact due to the ambitious nature of the project. The scheme has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions associated with the SEC, the distillery and the Glasgow Harbour development and improve energy efficiency across these sites.

Key stakeholders:

  • SEC Event Centre
  • Surrounding hotels
  • Clydeside Distillery
  • Glasgow Harbour


  • SEC conference centre
  • The SSE Hydro
  • SEC Armadillo
  • Crowne Plaza Glasgow
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Radisson Red Glasgow Hotel
  • Campanile Glasgow SECC Hydro
  • Clydeside Distillery

Energy Masterplan area

The SEC is in area 4 of the Energy Masterplan (the easternmost), and is in Cluster ID 26 in Glasgow

There are multiple potential heat network anchors in the cluster

The SEC is located on strategic economic investment land

Proposed Project ID: 1

The SEC (1) is close to proposed projects: 5 and 11.

5. Glasgow harbour heat network (feasibility study)

11. Clydeside Distillery HTHP (Clydeside GreenStills Demonstrator) (pre-feasibility)

7.3 Fortum EfW Heat Network, Glasgow

Project Name: Fortum EfW Heat Network

Stakeholder Title: Low Carbon District Heat and Steam supply to local real estate and industrial customers

Proposed Project ID: 4

Location: Bogmoor Road, Glasgow, G51 4SJ

Technologies: Heat and steam generation from EfW plant, and distribution in district heat and steam networks

Scale: >20MW, 160,000MWh/a

Heat Demand Cluster: Hillington (Cluster ID: 23)


Fortum Oyj and Verus Energy recently purchased the proposed South Clyde EfW from Peel Environmental. The plant will have the capacity to treat up to 350,000 tonnes per annum of municipal, commercial, and industrial waste. According to Fortum, the Facility has been designed to export power to the National Grid. The turbine has been designed to generate up to 40 MWe of electricity (design maximum) and up to 12 MWth of heat. The Facility will have a parasitic load of 5 MWe. Therefore, the maximum export capacity of the Facility is 35 MWe. However, as the fuel quality will fluctuate and if heat is exported from the facility to local heat users in the future, the power exported will fluctuate. The EfW is in close proximity to large potential heat consumers such as Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital which lies to the north of the site. The EfW site and the hospital are separated by the M8 motorway and A8 Shieldhall Road. The recovery of heat from the EfW for distribution to nearby heat consumers will improve the efficiency of the EfW plant and will offset the consumption of fossil fuels for heat generation on neighbouring residential, commercial, and industrial sites. Fortum have proposed the district heating project.

This project is likely to create several hundred jobs through the construction of the EfW, the heat network, as well as the operation and maintenance of the EfW and heat network. The construction of the EfW alone is due to create an estimated 350 jobs. This project scored highly on its capacity to generate new jobs in the region. It also scored moderately on its use of a vacant "brownfield site" for the benefit of the economy, the environment, and communities. The recovery of heat from the EfW for distribution via a district heating network will improve the efficiency of the EfW. Neighbouring heat consumers who connect to the network will offset fossil fuel consumption for heat generation and therefore reduce carbon emissions in the area. Therefore, this project scored highly in terms of energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction potential.

Key stakeholders:

  • NHS Greater Glasgow and the Clyde
  • Glasgow City Council
  • Fortum Oyj and Verus Energy


  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus
  • Other industry nearby including Princes Soft Drinks

Energy Masterplan area

Fortum EfW Heat network is in area 3 of the Energy Masterplan boundary, and is in heat cluster 23: Hillington.

There are potential heat network anchors in the cluster, however, the proposed project is at the edge of the cluster

The proposed project includes some vacant or derelict land

Proposed Project ID: 4

The Fortum EfW Heat Network (4) is close to proposed project: 31

31. Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Feasibility Study)

7.4 Former Exxon Site Redevelopment, West Dunbartonshire

Project Name: Former Exxon Site Redevelopment

Stakeholder Title: Low Carbon Commercial and Industrial Estate - Former Exxon Site

Proposed Project ID: 8

Location: Bowling Harbour, Dumbarton Road, Bowling, G60 5AF, West Dunbartonshire

Technologies: Various, Heat Pumps, PV, energy efficient building fabric, EV charging infrastructure, heat recovery from waste plant, and others

Scale: TBC

Heat Demand Cluster: No cluster identified


The former Exxon site, one of the City Deal projects, is currently undergoing remediation works and will then be transferred to West Dunbartonshire Council. The site is attracting a £34 million investment for business and office development. A variety of low-carbon technologies have been proposed for the site. This project scored highly for its use of vacant land, its potential to harness both public and private investment as well as its potential to deliver significant carbon emission reductions compared to the business-as-usual.

Key stakeholders:

  • West Dunbartonshire Council


  • TBC

Energy Masterplan area

The proposed project is in area 3.

There is no heat demand cluster identified where the proposed project is located.

Proposed Project ID: 8

The proposed project (8) is close to proposed project 9.

9. Bowling Active/Sustainable Travel Hub (PV, EV, and E-bike charging, pre-feasibility)

7.5 Kilcreggan/Rosneath Low Carbon Heating – community scale, Argyll & Bute

Project Name: Kilcreggan/Rosneath low carbon heating

Stakeholder Title: Kilcreggan/Rosneath Low Carbon Heating - community scale

Proposed Project ID: 18

Location: Kilcreggan and Rosneath, Argyll & Bute

Technologies: Building fabric improvements, low carbon heat technologies for off-gas buildings incl. ground, air and water-source heat pumps, biomass boilers, electric storage heaters, heat storage, roof-mounted solar PV, electric battery storage and EV charging.

Scale: Community scale

Heat Demand Cluster: No cluster identified


This project relates to the coastal village communities of Rosneath and Kilcreggan, both off-gas communities looking for low-carbon heating solutions. They are located on the Rosneath Peninsula which, unlike most of the River Clyde area, is currently off mains gas grid. Rosneath has a high concentration of social housing stock, some retained by Dunbritton Housing Association (DHA) and Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA). In Kilcreggan, the focus will be on examining low-carbon heating solutions for the primary school and local social housing. There are currently a mix of heating solutions deployed in Rosneath and Kilcreggan including direct-electric, biomass, and LPG. The project will focus on low-carbon energy solutions at an individual property level. The project will examine the potential to improve building fabric, electrify the property's heating systems, examine the potential for roof-mounted solar PV as well as suitable energy storage solutions. The project scored highly in terms of its capacity to reduce carbon emissions, whilst also improving both energy efficiency and local air quality.

Key stakeholders:

  • Argyll & Bute Council

Rosneath Buildings:

  • Social Housing – generally terraced
  • Private Housing – including former Social Housing
  • Primary School/Library – Argyll and Bute Council (Pellet Biomass)
  • 2no. Places of Worship
  • Bed & Breakfast Establishment
  • 3no. Small Scale Retail – terraced
  • Local Grocery Shop (Coop)
  • 2no. Halls
  • Sports Pavilion
  • Boatyard
  • Small Business inc. Sailmakers
  • Scottish Water waste handling

Kilcreggan Buildings:

  • Kilcreggan Primary School
  • Kilcreggan social housing

Energy Masterplan area

The proposed project is in area 2

There is no heat demand cluster identified where the proposed project is located.

Proposed Project ID: 18



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