A central energy plant in the Perth Cultural Centre is set to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of the cultural buildings by up to 40 per cent from 2020.
Today, two new 4.6 tonne chillers were delivered and craned onto the roof of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Another three chillers, two boilers and a generator will be installed on the State Library of WA roof in August 2017.
Once in place these plants will be a primary source of heating and cooling, maximising energy efficiency for the precinct.
The central energy plant is expected to be complete and operational by the end of 2017 and about 100 workers will be employed to deliver the works.
The full benefits and cost savings will be realised after the new museum is connected to the central energy plant from 2020.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said “This central energy plant, being delivered as part of the new museum project, is an excellent example of public sector organisations working together to address energy usage and deliver savings.
“It will service the Perth Cultural Centre buildings including the State Library, Art Gallery, State Theatre Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Blue Room Theatre and the new museum.
“The central energy plant includes an updated electrical supply network, new chillers and boilers and reticulation pipework.
“It will deliver long-term energy efficiency and reliability for the Perth Cultural Centre buildings.”