New boilers mean energy savings

July 14, 2016

Ever wondered what $1 million suspended from a thin wire looks like?

Well, you’ll get the chance on Monday, July 18, when two brand new, state-of-the-art boilers arrive at Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) from Virginia, U.S.

Each boiler weighs about 33 tonnes, and is about the size of a shipping container. They will replace the three current boilers installed in 1966.

The first boiler is set to arrive by flat-bed around 8:30 a.m., and will be lifted off the truck by a 21-metre boom on a 41-tonne lift-capacity crane. The second boiler will arrive around 12:30 p.m. the same day.

The Facilities team at RJH has been anticipating this event eagerly for the last 18 months, says Brett Street, Facilities, Maintenance & Operations Technical Services Manager at RJH.

“The old boilers did a good job for us, but they are at the end of their life,” Street explains. “With the new technology and design, digital controls and lower emissions requirements, we think the new boilers will be 20 percent more efficient, resulting in a 15 to 20 percent reduction in natural gas consumption.”

The boiler system at the RJH campus produces steam at 125 pounds per square inch of pressure. This is then converted to hot water for faucets, and to heat 1.5 million square feet of floor space. Steam is also supplied across the system to sterilize operating room instruments and to help humidify a number of buildings on site.

Total cost of the project is $6.5 million, with the Ministry of Health kicking in nearly $4 million, and Capital Regional Health District contributing more than $2 million.

Photo Op - New Boilers Arrive
Monday, July 18, 2016*
Royal Jubilee Hospital Campus
Lee Avenue, Victoria

*Please call to confirm arrival and crane-lift times.

UPDATE: Click here for photos

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