VEKS, Vestegnens Kraftvarmeselskab I/S, is a transmission company supplying 20 local district heating companies with heat generated at Vestegnen, a suburban area west of Copenhagen. The local district heating companies manage the further distribution to private consumers, business customers and institutions. The heat supplied equals the consumption of 150,000 families.
VEKS was founded in 1984 with the company’s primary mission being to utilize heat from the CHP plants and surplus heat from waste incineration, major industrial enterprises, etc. The environment as well as the socioeconomy have benefited from this strategy.
Consumption of fuel has been reduced to 1/3 after the establishment of VEKS, when comparing with a situation where heat had to be generated in oil-fired boilers at the local district heating companies. This means that CO2, sulphur and nitrogen emissions have also been reduced considerably.
A total of 104 twin pipes have been laid with seven pumping stations and 44 exchange stations transmitting heat to the local district heating systems. VEKS is currently establishing 28 km further of transmission pipes.
The majority of heat is supplied to VEKS from the Avedøre Power Plant and the other CHP plants in Copenhagen as well as from the waste incineration plants KARA/NOVEREN and Vestforbrænding. VEKS’ heat sale is approximately 8,000 TJ per year.
In recent years, VEKS has expanded the district heating supply – among other places in Køge. In addition, the company owns and runs Køge CHP plant. In other words, VEKS has expanded its business area from being strictly a transmission company to also including both production and distribution activities.
VEKS is a joint municipal partnership which is run as a nonprofit company.
VEKS had 63 employees – divided between the main office at Roskildevej in Albertslund and Køge CHP plant. 12 municipalities at Vestegnen with a total of 430,000 inhabitants are jointly and seperately liable to VEKS.