Fort Detrick To Modernize, Decentralize Heat Pipes

FORT DETRICK, Md. (AP) — Fort Detrick officials say they are planning to modernize and decentralize the aging network of steel steam pipes that snake across the post.

The Frederick News-Post reports that there are nearly 3.3 miles of above-ground metal pipes and 5.1 miles underground to deliver heat and sterilization to 35 buildings from central boilers.

Facilities Director Larry Potter says the system is ugly and inefficient. Only about 60 percent of the steam generated by the post’s six central boilers makes it to its destination.

Beginning next year, the post plans to install smaller, efficient heating systems in each building. It’s part of an overall plan to reduce energy use and waste. Potter declined to estimate the cost of the conversion, but he estimates it could save $2 million a year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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