Waste to energy plan gets outlined

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph

A proponent for a new waste to energy facility in East Rockingham held a community information session at the Gary Holland Centre last Thursday, outlining its plans for the proposed plant as it awaits approval from the Environmental Protection Authority.

New Energy’s proposal for a waste to energy facility on Office Road in East Rockingham had already been approved by the EPA in the past, but a revision to the project’s technology has seen New Energy return to community consultation.

Jason Pugh, chief executive of New Energy, said they were confident the project would gain EPA approval, with Hitachi Zosen Inova set to undertake the engineering, procurement and construction contractor role.

We are confident the project will gain EPA approval,

Mr Pugh said.

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“Firstly, the site has previously been approved for this use, though it’s important that we go back to the community and explain in detail the changes associated with the new technology.

“It was clear to us after participating in Local Government Tenders that Perth councils wanted the most proven waste to energy technology available in the market.

“We responded to that by engaging with the leading supplier of turn-key waste to energy plants in the world today, Hitachi Zosen Inova.”

Once all relevant approvals have been carried out, construction is expected to begin later this year.

“During construction, up to 300 jobs will be created,” Mr Pugh said.

“Following construction, 50 full- time jobs will be created for the life of the project which is at least 30 years.” Once operational, the facility will convert about 330,000 tonnes of waste a year into renewable energy, producing enough electricity to power 36,000 homes.

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