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.
The project, co-developed by Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy Australia, will be the first thermal waste to energy facility in the country and is expected to create more than 800 jobs during construction and 60 positions once fully operational, with the vast majority to be Western Australian jobs.
The new facility will thermally treat the waste and convert the recovered energy into steam to produce electricity.
The Kwinana facility will divert 400,000 tonnes of residual household, commercial and industrial waste from landfill each year and when fully operational, the facility will export up to 36MW of electricity into the South West Interconnected System, sufficient to power more than 50,000 households.
The facility will produce less greenhouse emissions than if the residual waste used went to landfill.
Funding for the project is provided by Macquarie Capital, Dutch Infrastructure Fund, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and a range of financial institutions.
Construction of the facility has commenced and is expected to be open by the end of 2021.
As noted by Premier Mark McGowan:
“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.
“During construction hundreds of local jobs will be created, which will be a huge boost to the local economy and create more opportunities for local workers across a range of trades.
“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.”