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Decisions Yet to Come on Hospital Power Source

By District Energy posted 05-08-2018 09:50


Mike Houlahan, Otago Daily Times


Dunedin's new hospital will use renewable energy, but the details of what kind of technology will be chosen and how it will be used have yet to be finalised.

The site for the new hospital was unveiled last week, the $1.4billion development encompassing both the former Cadbury factory and the block to the north of it between Hanover and St Andrew Sts.

The land for the new hospital also includes two smaller parcels of land - the former Cadbury car park, and land between Castle and Leith Sts owned by the Southern District Health Board and home to the Dunedin Energy Centre.

Rebuild chairman Pete Hodgson has previously said the local advisory group (LAG) was considering creating a new district energy scheme having the new Dunedin Hospital as a ``cornerstone consumer''.

Dunedin Energy Centre, which supplies the present hospital with power, uses coal-fired steam boilers.

Mr Hodgson said setting aside the land that is on as part of the rebuild signalled the centre would continue heating the new hospital, but the way it worked would likely be very different.

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