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Waste to Energy Project: Sustainable Waste Management in Kwinana

News Kristy Sumich • 27/06/2022
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The Kwinana Waste to Energy project is a joint venture between the Western Australian Government and Veolia. This project will cover the development of a new waste processing facility in Kwinana. The facility will use moving grate technology to process approximately 400,000 tonnes of waste.

This will consist of municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste and/or pre-sorted construction and demolition waste. It’s expected to produce approximately 36 MW of baseload power for export to the grid per annum. Construction is expected to commence in early 2021, with the facility expected to be operational by mid-2022.

The project will create up to 200 jobs during the construction phase and up to 20 full-time jobs once operational. It is anticipated that the facility will recover up to 95 per cent of the energy contained in the waste it processes. Making it a key component of Western Australia’s journey towards zero waste.

Kwinana Waste to Energy Project Location

The Kwinana Waste to Energy Project is located in the southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. The area is home to a large number of industries, including a major oil refinery, steelworks, and chemical plants. As a result, there is a significant amount of industrial waste generated in the area.

The Kwinana waste-to-energy plant will use this waste to generate electricity. The plant will be able to process up to 1.5 million tonnes of waste per year. Making it one of the largest waste-to-energy plants in Australia.

The project is expected to create up to 1000 jobs during construction and operation.

Project Update

The Kwinana waste-to-energy project was set to commence construction in 2018 but was ultimately stalled by Covid. The project, which was contracted to Acciona, would have seen the construction of a waste-to-energy plant in Kwinana, Western Australia. However, the outbreak of Covid-19 led to the closure of the state’s borders, preventing Acciona from proceeding with the project.

As a result, Acciona has launched legal action to get out of its contract. A trial has been set to determine whether Western Australia’s Covid border rules are enough to be a reason to allow Acciona to exit the project. If Acciona is successful in its legal bid, the project will likely be delayed further, as a new contractor will need to be found.

ECO Resources Recycling Facility in Kwinana

ECO Resources also has a transfer station & recycling facility in Kwinana. Our facility is up and running. It’s strategically located to accept waste from right across the Perth metropolitan and surrounding areas.

Considered Perth’s leading multi-user waste recovery and recycling facility, ECO services several small and large waste disposal companies in Western Australia. ECO Resources aims to establish ‘resource management partnerships. We offer our clients collective expertise on waste disposal and recycling.

Whether it’s cleaner production, technologies, best practices, regulatory compliance, and environmental solutions stewardship. Contact us to discuss opportunities for waste recycling.

Kwinana Waste to Energy: Court Rejects COVID Excuse (Update)

November 2022

On Friday, the Western Australian Supreme Court rejected an argument from the state government that the COVID-19 pandemic had caused delays in the construction of a $700 million waste treatment plant in Kwinana. The plant, which has been in the works for several years, is meant to process and treat the city’s household and commercial waste, as well as provide renewable energy for the grid.

However, the project has been plagued by delays, leading to frustration from residents and businesses. To push back the project’s completion date, the state government had argued that the pandemic had caused disruptions in the supply chain and made it difficult to bring in workers from overseas.

However, the court ruled that these excuses were not sufficient to justify the delays, and ordered the government to expedite the construction of the plant. The decision has been met with mixed reactions from the community.

Some are pleased that the court has held the government accountable for the delays, while others are concerned that the expedited construction could lead to further disruptions and inconvenience. Regardless of the outcome, it is clear that the Kwinana waste treatment plant is a critical infrastructure project for the city and its surrounding areas.

Its completion will not only help to address the area’s waste management issues but also provide a source of renewable energy and create local jobs. The government and contractors must work together to ensure that the project is completed as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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Kristy Sumich - Owner of Eco Resources
Kristy Sumich

Kristy Sumich is the owner and director of Eco Resources, a prominent waste management and recycling service in Western Australia. With deep industry knowledge and hands-on operational experience, Kristy is dedicated to providing sustainable solutions in waste management.