Valley Regional Hospital will soon be converting to natural gas.
The conversion is part of a money-saving initiative from the province to reduce heating costs, as well as an environmental decision to improve air quality. Seven other hospitals in the province will also convert to natural gas, including South Shore Regional in Bridgewater and Yarmouth Regional.
"By burning natural gas, our hospitals will be using a cleaner source of energy that is better for the environment and creates savings that can be put directly into patient care, which is where Nova Scotians want to see their money invested," said Health Minister Leo Glavine.
It will cost the province $9.7 million to make the conversion. Hospitals will be able to switch between natural gas and furnace oil, whichever is most cost effective at the time.