Pik Uk Prison replaced diesel boilers with steam boilers for laundry workshop2020-09-07
In operation since 1975, the Pik Uk Prison in Sai Kung runs under the Hong Kong Correctional Services for adopting male prisoners. There is an extensive laundry workshop in the prison, which processes used laundry by patients from the East Kowloon Cluster hospitals, general outpatient clinics and ambulance stations, and account for over 1 million pieces of clothing per month. In order to improve the quality of laundry and ensure that the water temperature is high enough for sterilization, Towngas implemented the diesel conversion project for Pik Uk Prison to replace the existing 3 diesel steam boilers which have been used for 20 years to 3 steam boilers that uses towngas as its main fuel. These boilers generate steam to power the washing, drying and ironing machines in the workshop, and process 20 tonnes of laundry every day. In order to ensure the smooth operation of the laundry workshop, the boiler replacement project was carried out in three phases. The 1st phase was completed and put into operation in May, and the 2nd and 3rd phases are now in progress. The entire project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020.
As a clean energy source, town gas effectively minimizes the adverse effects of burning diesel. For example, security concerns have arisen when diesel has to be refilled by large trucks regularly in the past; however, a stable supply of gas can now be ensured by our extensive gas supply network. Moreover, using town gas do not produce soot at the bottom of boilers; furthermore, preventing odor when refilling diesel tanks. In converting the diesel boilers to gas steam boilers, Towngas creates a cleaner and more environmentally friendly environment for the laundry workshop.