Black and white photograph of the No.1 & No.2 boilers under construction in the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd Power House Boiler Hall, circa 1960. This view shows work proceeding with lagging the steam header and installing the re-circulating oil supply line above the burners. Within those large metal casings were boiler tubes and a refractory brick assembly, already completed. The construction of the oil burner controls for Number 1 boiler appears to be more advanced than for Number 2.
These boilers used cheap residual oil (commonly called bunker oil) which had relatively high ash, nitrogen and sulphur content compared with other fuel oils. Under normal temperatures bunker oil was also highly viscous and required constant heating to allow it to flow through supply lines. It also required atomising steam at the burner guns to produce a reasonable spray pattern.
This system was converted to natural gas in the 1970s.
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Two large boilers encased in metal housing new piping and other elements being installed at the front of the structure. Work platform on ladders is set up beneath pipes. Two men in protective overalls and work gear are visible on a raised walkway/platform at the back of the room.
Black and white photograph, portrait format.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
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Photograph, 8" x 10", Black & White
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