It was Christmas in July for facilities staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital.
After 18 months of waiting, two big, shiny, new boilers were delivered and installed at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria today.
The massive, state of the art boilers were built in Virgina.
Each weighs about 33 tonnes and is about the same size as a shipping container, so actually moving them is a complex and challenging process.
A 21 metre boom on a 41 tonne lift capacity crane was called into service to lift this first boiler onto a platform.
It was then literally dragged into position.
The second boiler was set to be installed on the other side of the building later Monday afternoon.
They will be operational in October and replace the three current boilers installed in 1966.
Brett Street, Technical Services Manager at RJH says, “Without these boilers we can’t really operate the hospital , within hours of losing a boiler you’ve either got no heat or no hot water or no processing steam for things like sterilizing instruments.”
The boiler system at the RJH campus produces steam at 125 pounds per square inch of pressure.
It is then converted to hot water for faucets, and to heat 1.5 million square feet of floor space.
These units are 20 percent more efficient than the old boilers and have a 50 year life span.
The total cost of the project is 6.5 million dollars with 4 million coming from the Ministry of Health and more than 2 million from the CRD.