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Council asked to act on compressor

City council is being asked to approve a rush order to replace one of three compressors that keep the ice frozen at the Canada Games Centre.

By Chuck Tobin on January 23, 2020

City council is being asked to approve a rush order to replace one of three compressors that keep the ice frozen at the Canada Games Centre.

Compressor number three went down in early November because of a premature bearing failure, council was told Monday night.

“While two of the three compressors are currently maintaining services, any other failure of a compressor or component will cause loss of artificial ice as well as loss of the waste heat supply to the facility,” says the administrative report.

Council is being asked to amend the 2020 capital budget to provide $65,000 to purchase a new compressor.

The voted is scheduled for Monday.

The administrative report notes staff looked at the options of replacing the compressor with a new one, with a re-manufactured compressor or sending the failed compressor out to be re-manufactured.

Purchasing a new compressor is the best course of action, administration is recommending.

Peter O’Blenes, the city’s director of infrastructure and operations, told council the three compressors are the original compressors installed in 2006.

The compressors were expected to operate for another two or three years before they needed to be replaced, he said.

He said the warranty on compressor three expired some time ago.

Comments (3)

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Miles Epanhauser on Jan 24, 2020 at 10:14 am

Seriously, with the AWGs coming up buy one new one and fix the broken one as a replacement.
Why all the drama.

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Jonathan Colby on Jan 24, 2020 at 8:12 am

I'm sorry, what?
I've visited chillers that have been in operation for over 50 years. Parts get replaced in them, but the primary unit is intact.
If the city really did buy compressor that needs to be replaced every 20 years or so, then they are fools, and whoever is in charge of it now is a fool if they're not on course correcting it.
Straight up.

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Bill Farquarson on Jan 23, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Just like the buses if a bearing is gone replace the whole unit. Maybe hire someone from Finning. The funding should be no problem as council can use the 'Emergency Surplus Fund'- oh wait, Bill spent that on Capital projects. Great work council.

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