Kamianske is an industrial city in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast and a port on the Dnieper River. It is located 400 km southeast of Kyiv in the central part of Ukraine and it is home to about 246,000 people. The economic base of Kamianske is almost exclusively centred on heavy industry, with ferrous metallurgy being the backbone of the local economy.
District heating is provided to residential buildings, public and industrial facilities but also low-rise residential houses situated in areas with district heating. About 80% of residential buildings are provided by district heating and the approximate share of district heating service in the city is about 65%. District heating service on the Western bank of the river Dnieper is provided by the Communal Utility of Kamianske City Council “Teplomerezhi”, which operates 19 boiler houses with a total installed heat production capacity of 526 Gcal/h, 45 CHS and 4 pump stations.
Kamianske Demonstration Project – overview
The proposed project involved the replacement of the piping network in a social housing area, supported by the disconnection of one-storey buildings in a low heat density district and the installation of a new condensing gas boiler, which later could serve as a peak boiler when being possible to install a base load boiler utilising biomass. These investments would have dramatically reduced the use of fossil fuels in the system.
The project proposed by the company is interesting from a demonstration point of view as the investment was focused on rehabilitating a worn-down district heating network utilising modern design principles, enabling future energy-saving activities and customer orientation.
Kamianske Demonstration Project – details
The project area was situated in the southwest part of Kamianske city and included the heated area of one boiler house.
Specifics of the Kamianske Project included:
- Installation of a condensing gas boiler (1×2.5 MW).
- Network replacement – approx. 4,600m district heating pipes.
- Disconnection of one-storey buildings.
- Demand Side Measures in multi-storey buildings.
The proposed investment was EUR 964,500 with a simple pay-back time of 6.5 years. The proposed financing plan was as follows:
- Total loan – EUR 300,000 (31%)
- Total grant – EUR 300,000 (31%)
- Total Kamianske local contribution – EUR 364,500 (38%)
Once implemented, the project was expected to benefit the local community by:
- Saving 4,010 MWh heat per year
- Saving 420,000 m³ gas per year
- Saving 547 m³ water per year
- Saving 865 tonnes CO2 per year
The project was cancelled in 2020, due to changed priorities for development of the district heating system in the city.
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