Oxygen tanks weighing 21 tonnes empty and which will contain 26 tonnes of liquid oxygen between them, were successfully lifted into place at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey earlier this week (Tuesday 22nd February). The storage vessels were transported overnight from BOC’s Preston site and lifted into place by cranes provided by Ainscough Group Ltd.

The new tanks increase the hospital’s piped oxygen supply from two to 10 days. This will reduce the frequency of oxygen deliveries; remove the need for staff to be involved in changing oxygen cylinders; enable St. Peter’s to meet increases in demand as services expand and reduce the likelihood of St. Peter’s Hospital running out of oxygen.

The £118,000 scheme to replace the oxygen supply at St. Peter’s was started in 2004 with the replacement and renewal of oxygen pipelines to wards and theatres. A new hard standing was created opposite the Accident and Emergency Department to enable the larger articulated delivery tanker to turn before reversing in beside the new storage tanks, and a special area had to be constructed for the new tanks to sit on. The scheme will be completed when the tanks are fenced and secured and connected to the oxygen supply pipes at the end of March.

When full the storage tanks will weigh in at 47 tonnes. They will be filled up overnight every 10 days by BOC who will monitor the status of each tank remotely.

Engineering Project Manager at Ashford and St. Peter’s, Mick Hickman, said: “With the help of BOC, Ainscough Group, security, parking, health and safety and engineering colleagues at the Trust, the operation to install the new storage facilities went very smoothly. These new tanks will enable the £12m building works at St. Peter’s to proceed without delay.”


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