Springburn-based Scotweld is proud to announce it has commenced a programme of welding works on the first large-scale water source heat pump of its kind in Scotland.

Scotweld, part of the SWGR group, are manufacturing the pipework in Queenslie, for James Ramsay Glasgow and Vital Energi. Once completed the Water Abstraction Pipework will be fitted at the Queen’s Quay Energy Centre on the banks of the River Clyde in Clydebank.

The 14-inch, fully Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welded pipework system is made of grade 2205 Duplex which will serve the company and people of the region due to its exceptional corrosion resistance.

The Queens Quay Energy Centre is at the centre of a £250million mixed-use regeneration project on the site of a former shipyard in Clydebank. The centre’s District Heating Network will ultimately serve the entire 80-acre residential-led development and beyond – making Clydebank the greenest town in Scotland.

David Lee, Scotweld Welding Engineering Manager, said: “Scotweld is very proud to provide the specialist welding knowledge and skills required to support this ambitious regeneration project which will help establish Clydebank as one of the greenest towns in the UK.

“It is fitting that the destination of the work being undertaken by our skilled welders is the very land where so many generations of Glaswegians previously worked on some of the most renowned shipbuilding projects in the world, for which Glasgow became so famous.

“This contract is another demonstration of the skills, experience, certification and track record which Scotweld boasts in-house in carrying out welding requirements across many complex projects throughout Scotland and beyond.”

Queens Quay is opening up an area of Clydebank which has been derelict for a number of years, whilst creating much-needed housing and other amenities in a great location overlooking the River Clyde. This ambitious project will transform the area into a vibrant waterside community featuring a diverse range of properties including 1,400 homes, 500,000 sq ft of commercial space, a state of-the-art £19m health centre, a £10m care home and a major hotel.

The Energy Centre at the heart of the development has been designed to create an attractive feature complementing the historic Titan Crane which is a major local landmark. Using heat pumps to extract water from the River Clyde, giving the District Heating Network a direct link to natural resources, the Energy Centre will generate heat which will be pumped through 2.5km of district heating pipes connecting local housing, businesses and public buildings.

The 100% carbon-free system is designed on a modular basis to enable expansion in the future and the capability to add connectivity to the nearby Golden Jubilee Hospital and wider Clydebank area – making the District Heating Network effective and efficient from both technical and financial perspectives. Additional piping will be located in the wider area to facilitate connections to new homes, as well as public buildings such as Clydebank College and Leisure Centre, and into the town centre.

The Energy Centre will also accommodate gas boilers, pressurisation units and distribution pumps as a means of resilience, together with a building control and management system to operate and monitor operations which are generally controlled remotely with no requirement for permanent staff.

The Queens Quay site is owned by Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) and the regeneration project is being part-funded by West Dunbartonshire Council (WDC) which will own and run the District Heating Network to ensure security of supply and reduced tariffs for customers. The Scottish Government has invested £6million of funding towards the system via its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, with WDC covering the remaining £6million.


Issued by Brian Welsh PR on behalf of Scotweld, part of the SWGR group. For more information contact: Brian Welsh PR | | 07976 456 765


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