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St. Barnabas Hospital to begin building power plant

Project marks Bronx site's conversion from dirty No. 6 heating oil to natural gas

June 09, 2014 02:10PM

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183rd Street and Third Avenue in Bronx

The St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx plans to launch construction later this month of a $20 million power plant that will eliminate its use of harmful heating oil.

The 148-year-old, 461-bed facility has been relying on No. 6 heating oil for about a century via boiler-powered system. The power plant will allow for the switch to natural gas. Officials expect to save between $2.5 million and $2.8 million per year.

First, the plant’s 150-foot chimney, which has been a staple of East 182nd Street and Third Avenue for about 75 years, will be demolished as a result, Crain’s reported.

The city ordered in 2011 that No. 6 will be prohibited as of July 2015, as previously reported. [Crain's]Mark Maurer

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