Kwinana, south of Perth, looks to thrive on a massive job boost created by a $668m, state-of-the-art, waste-to-energy project.
WA's newest mega project, a $668 million thermal waste-to-energy plant, will create hundreds of new jobs and enable Perth to convert up to 25% of post recycling rubbish into electricity.
The Kwinana project, located south of Perth, will see construction begin this month with completion expected by 2021.
“After years of planning, the City is absolutely delighted to confirm Australia’s first thermal waste-to-energy facility will be built in Kwinana,” said City of Kwinana Mayor, Carol Adams.
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams has commented on the prominence of the project and the positive implications it will have across Perth.
“...huge benefits to our community by enhancing the prominence of the Kwinana Industrial Area as the premier place to invest in WA, with significant flow on effects expected for our local economy with the construction phase of the project alone creating more than 800 jobs.
Over 800 construction jobs will be delivered from this month through to 2021, with 60 permanent operational jobs on offer following completion.
The major energy project is located in the Kwinana Industrial Area and is being co-developed by Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy Australia.
The project will cover/include:
- Capacity: 400,000 tonnes per annum, two waste-to-energy lines
- Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and Commercial & Industrial Waste (C&D)
- Energy performance: 140 MW (thermal), 35 MW Power
- Furnace/boiler: Grate fired furnace and vertical 4-pass boiler
- Steam Parameters: 67 bar/4200C
- Condensing turbines with air cooled condenser
- Flue gas treatment: Semi dry/SDA
DIF Australia managing director Marko Kremer has weighed in the project, suggesting that a project of this nature was well overdue in Australia.
“European countries have long embraced the conversion of waste into energy, which has proven to deliver multiple benefits in terms of managing waste and contributing to a sustainable and secure energy supply,” said Marko Kremer.
The Kwinana facility will utilise Keppel Seghers' moving grate technology, which thermally treats waste and converts it into steam which is then used to produce electricity.
Rivers Regional Council and the City of Canning have signed 20-year waste supply agreements.
Around 400,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste will treated thermally and converted into electricity.
Essentially, 25% of Perth’s post recycling rubbish will be used, via thermal treatment and conversion, to generate power for up to 50,000 homes
“The facility will also realise a number of environmental benefits with the facility estimated to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and the amount of carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere, which is a primary goal not just for Kwinana but for all local governments,” Mayor Adams said.
“There is increasing pressure from communities on councils to address the issue of reduced landfill capacity, and to look at long-term solutions for waste management.”
“The waste-to-energy plant does exactly that using residents’ everyday household waste, recovering and recycling metals and then converting the waste to generate energy. The remaining ash residue will also be used as construction material.”
In 2013, City of Kwinana became the first local government in Australia to sign a waste-to-energy supply agreement, which paved the way for other local governments in WA to also adopt new waste-to-energy technologies.
The project will strengthen grid stability in the area while furthering Kwinana’s push to become a growing hub in the region south of Perth.
Source: The West