Splash Palace, Invercargill Aquatics Centre
Invercargill City Council put the job out for tender and chose Auckland company Living Energy which installed an Austrian-made Binder boiler. A diesel boiler has also been installed for backup when the wood chip boiler is closed for maintenance. The total cost of the upgrade is estimated to be about $650,000.
The wood chips are sourced locally from Niagara Wood Fuels, Mr Horner said. Although the wood chips were 15% costlier than the lignite, Council would make savings in areas such as supervision and maintenance - and because wood chips did not have an Emissions Trading Scheme cost.
The new 840kW wood chip boiler replaces two 750 kW coal boilers.