Gauteng to upgrade hospital boilers for natural gas

May 30th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize

 

Martin Mkhabela - DDG Gauteng dept infrastructure and development croppedMartin Mkhabela, the deputy director general in Gauteng’s department of Infrastructure and Development, says that the coal-fired boilers at provincial hospitals will be replaced with natural gas-fired ones. Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony for Egoli Gas’ new pipeline project – the first in over 30 years – Mkhabela said that Gauteng will develop more and more “green” initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint to mitigate against climate change and improve the province’s air quality. One of these initiatives is the replacement, at an estimated cost of R1,4-billion, of provincial hospital coal fired boilers. He says that the project will begin with the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital as a pilot project, with all the other provincial hospitals to follow. Natural gas, says Mkhabela, will be also be used to power the province’s public transport vehicles over time. The province also intends to install PV systems on the 8-million m2 roofs of its buildings.

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