Australia’s first thermal waste to energy facility breaks ground in WA

Kwinana will be home to Australia’s first thermal waste to energy facility, as the new Avertas Energy project was announced and the sod was turned.

Co-developed by Macquarie Captial and Phoenix Energy Australia, the project is expected to create more than 800 jobs during construction, and 60 positions once fully operational.

Premier Mark McGowan today joined representatives from Avertas Energy, Macquarie Capital and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund, to turn the sod on Australia’s first thermal waste to energy facility.

“Having the country’s first thermal waste to energy facility built in Western Australia demonstrates confidence in our economy and shows WA has the capacity to be at the forefront of new technologies for waste management,” said Mr McGowan.

The facility will produce less greenhouse emissions than if the residual waste used went into landfill.

Non recyclable waste will be thermally treated and the recovered energy is then converted into steam to produce electricity.

The Kwinana facility will divert of 400,000 tonnes of residual household, commercial and industrial waste from landfill each year. When fully operational up to 36 million Watts of electricity will be exported into the South West Interconnected System, enough to power more than 50,0000 households.

Construction of the facility has commenced and is expected to be open by the end of 2021.

“This is one of those projects that ticks all the right boxes; it creates jobs for local workers, reduces landfill and generates energy that can be used to power our homes,” Mr McGowan said.

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