King’s Cross gets “pink panther” CHP plant

King’s Cross station’s power supply is in the pink – quite literally – as it unveiled a new Combined Heat and Power energy centre. The fuchsia-painted unit will provide sustainable […]

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By Vicky Ellis

King’s Cross station’s power supply is in the pink – quite literally – as it unveiled a new Combined Heat and Power energy centre.

The fuchsia-painted unit will provide sustainable power for a new £2 billion, 67 acre development in central London which revolves around the railway and underground station.

Dubbed the “pink panther” by councillors in Camden, the station’s London borough, it will provide 100% of the heat and hot water and 80% of the electricity for the entire development.

Vital Energi which built the £9 million energy project will also operate and maintain it for the next decade.

Ian Whitelock, Joint Managing Director of Vital Energi said: “More and more we’re seeing forward-thinking councils working hand in hand with conscientious developers and businesses to create developments which have sustainability at their heart.

“How we create and consume energy is one of the most important issues facing society at the moment, so to play a part in reducing carbon emissions by 50% on a project of this size has been a great opportunity and something, as a company, we’re immensely proud of.”