Bila Tserkva

Integration of two district heating systems into a single interconnected system and modernisation of a production plant

Location: Western part of Bila Tserkva
Programme: DemoUkrainaDH
Project status: Pre-implementation
Investment: 593,000 EUR
Payback period: 7.5 years
Reduced gas consumption: 800,000 m³/year


1,530 tonnes/year

Bila Tserkva is a city located in Kyivska Oblast. It is located 84 km to the south from the capital of Ukraine. Bila Tserkva is the home to 200,000 people and is an important administrative and cultural centre. Bila Tserkva is famous for its park called “Olexandria” as well as churches that, according to the legend, gave the name to the city which can be translated as “White Church”.

The approximate share of DH services in the city is 60%. There are about 700 buildings connected to the district heating system. Among them, 450 buildings are also supplied with centralised domestic hot water. There are two district heating suppliers in the city: Municipal Enterprise “Bilotserkivteplomerezha” (70% of the district heating services), and PJSC “Bilotserkivska CHP”. Municipal Enterprise “Bilotserkivteplomerezha” currently operates 29 boiler houses with installed capacity 46 Gcal/h. All boiler houses use natural gas for production of heat.

Bila Tserkva Demonstration Project – overview

The project proposed for Bila Tserkva is aimed at reduction of use of natural gas and increase of system efficiency in an economical way. The project implies interconnection of the two district heating systems in the Western part of Bila Tserkva and modernisation of one of the local production plants with installation of a biofuel boiler. All buildings of the network area will be connected to the district heating via individual heating substations (read about how individual heat substations help with energy saving for the houses) and the existing pipe distribution network will be converted. The investment will reduce the use of fossil fuels in the system and enable the possibility to operate the DH system as a fully demand driven and modern system.

The project in Bila Tserkva is interesting from a demonstration point of view. The primary reason for this is that the investment covers a substantial modernisation of the system, from the boiler to pipelines and IHS. Introduction of bio fuel as the base load in combination with decreased thermal losses and higher efficiency will reduce the use of natural gas and emissions of CO2. Furthermore, another district heating network is located in a close proximity to the project area and can be interconnected in the future.

Bila Tserkva Demonstration Project – details

The project area is situated in the western part of Bila Tserkva city and includes heating networks supplied from two boiler houses at the addresses: (1) Str. Skvyrske Shose, 242; and (2) Str. Skvyrske Shose, 263. These networks supply 11 residential buildings, 4 dormitories, buildings of the Medical College, bicycle sport school “Promin”, Department of Family and Youth Affairs of the City Executive Committee and other. Modernisation of the two networks affects a total of 2,600 people who will benefit from improved heating services.

Figure 1: Map of Bila Tserkva with indication of the project area

Specifics of the Bila Tserkva Project include:

  1. Installation of a biomass boiler (1×1.0 MW), gas boilers (2×1.5 MW) and boiler house upgrade (Skvyrske Shose 263)
  2. Network replacement – approx. 380m district heating pipes, transformation of the pipe system and integration of the two networks into a single network. A major part of the underground network will be replaced by the new pre-insulated pipes, while the part of the network in basements of the residential buildings will be kept.
  3. Individual Heat Substations – Introduction of 17 IHSs. All buildings will be connected to the network via individual heating substations.
  4. Close down of one boiler house.

The proposed investment is EUR 593,000 with a simple pay-back time of 7.5 years. The proposed financing plan is as follows:

  • Total loan – EUR 251,500 (42.5%)
  • Total grant – EUR 251,500 (42.5%)
  • Total Bila Tserkva local contribution – EUR 90,000 (15%)

Once implemented, the project is expected to benefit the local community by:

  • Saving 2,000 MWh heat per year (24% saving from the baseline*)
  • Saving 800,000 m3 gas per year (93% saving from the baseline*)
  • Saving 640 m3 water per year (73% saving from the baseline*)
  • Saving 1,530 tonnes CO2 per year (83% saving from the baseline*)

*Baseline is estimated for the networks in question only (not the entirety of the district heating in Bila Tserkva) for the case of no-project activity.

Current status

The project is currently in the stage of receiving all the necessary approvals in preparation for its implementation.


Photo credit: city administration