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Waste-to-energy facility on way

Aiden Boyham / 

Local stakeholders have welcomed the news Phoenix Energy is set to begin preliminary ground-works on Australia’s first waste-to-energy facility in Kwinana this month.

Work at the Leath Road site is set to lay the groundwork for construction crews to start work on the major project in the second quarter of this year.

In addition, both Phoenix Energy and project co-sponsor Macquarie Capital have entered into exclusive negotiations with a consortium to design, construct and operate the facility — which will start commissioning in the fourth quarter of 2020 and is expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2021.

The consortium includes Spanish infrastructure and renewable energy company Acciona and waste management and energy services company Veolia.

The $400 million project, which has seen Macquarie Capital assume lead responsibility for final delivery, is set to create about 800 jobs during construction and about 60 full-time operational roles once completed.

Set to be the first of its kind in Australia, the facility will be able to process 400,000 tonnes of waste a year and will generate about 40MW of energy.

Phoenix Energy managing director Peter Dyson said the new facility would deliver reliable baseload renewable energy to customers in Perth within a few years.

“We are pleased to have appointed a world-class consortium to complete the plant after the initial technology supplier was unable to continue with its involvement,”

he said.

“Once operational, the plant will provide consistent and dependable energy from a renewable source that will also deliver huge benefits to metropolitan Perth by reducing the waste going to landfill, reducing the valuable land that gets occupied by landfill, and reducing the emissions associated with landfill.”

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the City welcomed the announcement the project was moving into the next stage.

“The project is already creating national and international interest and is planned to provide significant employment opportunities during construction and ongoing operation — a great thing for our local community,” she said.

“The City of Kwinana, along with numerous other local authorities, has committed to send residential waste (from green-topped bins) to the plant once operational. This will significantly reduce the amount of waste that could end up in landfill.”

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