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Spirax Sarco has replaced corroded steam equipment as part of a laundry refurbishment project at Holme House Prison in Stockton, eliminating flash steam emissions and leaking hot water.

The Holme House Prison laundry serves the prison itself and also operates as a business serving other prisons.

When the service was shut down for the installation of new machinery, Holme House opted to upgrade the associated steam system in the boiler house, where corrosion had been causing growing maintenance issues.

David Blyth, site manager, said: ‘We knew we could carry out temporary repairs, but it made sense to go for a more permanent solution while the laundry was out of action.

‘Otherwise, we would have faced ongoing maintenance problems and downtime, which we definitely can’t afford when we run the laundry as a business,’ he added.

The first target was the boiler blow-down system, which had been discharging to a pit beneath the floor.

‘Corrosion allowed flash steam to come back up through the floor into the atmosphere, which was causing concern,’ continued Blyth.

Similarly, corrosion had left the boiler feed tank, leaking hot water into the boiler room.

‘We were losing water and chemicals, as well as facing the potential safety issue of scalding water dropping down into the room,’ he added.

Spirax Sarco supplied a new blow-down vessel and a new feed tank.

The feed tank had to be built in place because of restricted access in the boiler room.

In addition, corrosion had affected steam pipework and ancillaries in the 14 years since Holme House opened, so Spirax Sarco stripped out and replaced any other affected equipment.

The entire project was accomplished during the scheduled three-week shutdown.

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