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Energy Centre transformation underway

20/02/2017
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The removal of boiler two at the John Radcliffe Hospital in the early hours of Saturday, 18 February marked the end of an era for the OUH Estates Team.

Originally commissioned on 29 December 1973, this huge boiler has supplied hot water and heating to the John Radcliffe for forty-four years. As part of the Hospital Energy Project, it is being replaced with a new combined heat and power boiler, which will arrive in April.

Claire Hennessy, Head of Operational Estates and Facilities, said, ‘It is an absolute credit to the dedication and expertise of the Estates and Facilities team that they have been able to keep these old boilers working, day and night for over four decades. There was some nostalgia watching the last old boiler go but we would all definitely prefer to have new, clean and reliable heat and energy for our hospitals! And, without the constant burden of maintaining an ageing system, our engineers will now be able to get on with more proactive projects around the sites.’

The new equipment is guaranteed for twenty-five years. The Hospital Energy Project will save the Trust at least £460,000 a year in energy costs and £11 million on backlog maintenance over the next three years. It also cuts the Trust’s carbon emissions by 10,000 tonnes a year, which is roughly the equivalent of the carbon emitted by around 4,000 homes.

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