Acciona to build Australia’s first large-scale thermal Waste to Energy plant

Acciona is to build a $700 million thermal waste-to-energy plant in the Kwinana Industrial Area 40 kilometres south of Perth, which will process up to 400,000 tonnes of waste per year generating an estimated 36 MW of electricity for the grid.
Acciona to build Australia’s first large-scale thermal Waste to Energy plant
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The project is the first of its kind in Australia and will use best practice technologies and processes to produce enough power for around 50,000 households. The EPC contract agreed with the project developer - a Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy Joint Venture – includes a 36-month construction period starting in October 2018. During the construction phase, more than 800 jobs will be created. The operation and maintenance phase will create around 60 new permanent positions.

The project builds on Acciona’s long-term investment in Australia and will utilise a mix of domestic and international expertise, drawing on its experience overseas, including waste process and incinerating facilities.

“This is a landmark project for Western Australia and our country as a whole” said Bede Noonan, Acciona Geotech’s Managing Director. “Waste to Energy is an underexploited technology in Australia, and it’s great to see Phoenix Energy, with the support of Macquarie Capital, developing the first large-scale plant here. We will bring the best of our local and global knowledge to the construction, and are working with some great partners who also have highly specialised skills.”

Acciona’s consortium to design, build, operate and maintain the facility includes operations and maintenance partner Veolia, a global leader in optimised resource management. The company’s internal resources comprise Acciona Industrial, marking its second contract in the country after its recent deal to build the Lilyvale solar farm in Queensland, and John Beever Australia, a leading Australian mechanical engineering company that is part of the Geotech Group, in which the company invested in early 2017.

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