Portmeirion Biomass District Heating

In the charming village of Portmeirion, North Wales, lies our most challenging and intricate project to date.

If you have never visited the Italian style village, it really is worth taking a trip. Designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 it is now owned by the charitable trust, Portmeirion Ltd.

The popular 1960's television show ' The Prisoner ' was filmed in Portmeirion, showing off the quirky scenery and accomplished acting from such leading gentleman as Patrick McGoohan, the show achieved cult status when an Official Prisoner Appreciation Society was formed in the 1970's.


ESP Energy were chosen to install a 2.4mw district heating scheme that would provide heat and hot water for 90% of the village.

The tourist village stayed open for business throughout the project which took place over the course of six months, in the harsh winter months.

The development consisted of a purpose built Energy Centre to house a 1.24kW megawatt biomass boiler system, comprising of two 499kW Froling Biomass Boilers and two 620kW backup oil boilers.

A total of 3.5 km of trenching was excavated to lay the necessary pipework to connect the system to 29 properties in the village, including the castle, hotel, office blocks, shops and houses.

As well as providing efficient and reliable hot water and heating for all these properties, the biomass system is lowering the carbon footprint and future proofing for the village for years to come.


Take a look at the video below to learn more about our work on this project.



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