Cary Medical Center turns valve on new compressed natural gas system

Jim Cavagnaro (right) Cary Medical Center manager of facilities, explains the operation of the hospital's newly converted boilers to Doug Plourde of the Caribou Hospital District Board. On Dec. 20, Cary marked its official changeover to compressed natural gas as its major fuel source. Part of the process was the conversion of its four primary boilers for use with both gas and fuel oil.  (From the Bangor Daily News)
Jim Cavagnaro (right) Cary Medical Center manager of facilities, explains the operation of the hospital’s newly converted boilers to Doug Plourde of the Caribou Hospital District Board. On Dec. 20, Cary marked its official changeover to compressed natural gas as its major fuel source. Part of the process was the conversion of its four primary boilers for use with both gas and fuel oil.

Bangor Daily News, December 26, 2013

CARIBOU, Maine — Cary Medical Center held a valve-turning ceremony this month to herald the use of compressed natural gas as the facility’s primary fuel source.

The preparation to use CNG set the hospital back approximately $600,000, but the conversion is expected to save about $250,000 in annual energy costs.

Mechanical Services Inc. was the local primary contractor for the conversion project. Preparation also included the construction of a concrete pad and decompression building behind the hospital, along with underground piping to connect the gas cylinders to the hospital’s boiler room.

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