First waste-to-energy plant gets funding

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced it will co-fund the nation’s first energy-from-waste project in Western Australia.

Co-developed by Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited and Phoenix Energy Australia Pty Ltd, the $668 million facility will be located in the Kwinana Industrial Area 40 km south of Perth.

The facility will recover energy from waste, delivering approximately 36 MW of baseload electricity capacity – enough to power 50,000 households.

The facility will divert up to 400,000 tonnes per year of municipal solid waste from non-recyclable curbside collection.

The plant will also be capable of processing commercial and industrial waste and construction and demolition waste.

The waste will be sourced from a range of sources including local councils in the Perth metropolitan area.

The project has the ability to generate large scale generation certificates (LGCs) for eligible feedstock in accordance with Clean Energy Regulator requirements.

The project has approval from the WA Environmental Protection Authority. The facility will produce an ash by-product which is commonly used as road base or in building and construction in Europe.

The project will use Keppel Seghers moving grate technology, which has not been previously used in Australia. This technology is used in more than 2000 facilities globally, with Keppel Seghers technology used in more than 100 waste-to-energy plants in 18 countries.

The Kwinana energy-from-waste facility will be owned by a consortium including Macquarie and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF). The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is also committing up to $90 million in debt finance towards the project.

The project will be built by Acciona and will be operated by Veolia.

The project is expected to generate more than 800 jobs during construction and 60 full-time jobs once operational.

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