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Construction underway on district heating system in Yellowknife


February 2, 2021
By Ellen Cools

A new district heating system in Yellowknife, N.W.T., which could reduce the territorial government’s oil use by 90 per cent, is now under construction.

According to Cabin Radio, J&R Mechanical is building the system, which will be powered by a 390 kW wood pellet boiler. The system is just a few weeks away from being completed.

Initially, the system will heat the N.W.T.’s central warehouse and three privately-owned buildings, Cabin Radio reports. Not only will it reduce the amount of oil used, thereby lowering emissions, but it will also reduce the cost of heating, the price of wood pellets for heat is fairly consistent and having a central plant heating multiple buildings is more cost-effective.

The territorial government is investing $274,000 in the project.

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