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800 new jobs for renewable energy plant in Kwinana

Construction has started on one of two proposed waste-to-energy facilities in the Rockingham-Kwinana area, the first to be built in Australia.

First sod was turned on Friday at the $668 million energy project in Kwinana which will thermally treat waste diverted from landfill into steam for electricity generation.

It is co-developed by Dutch Infrastructure Fund, Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy.

Premier Mark McGowan says the project is a win for jobs.Picture: 7NEWS.

Dubbed Avertas Energy — Latin for “switch” — the project will create 800 jobs during construction, 60 continuing full-time roles and process 400,000 tonnes of waste a year. Veolia Australia and New Zealand, which employs about 4000 people, will operate the project for 25 years once Acciona Geotech finishes construction, with the facility due to open in 2021.

Avertas has a 20-year waste supply agreement with eight councils and expects to generate 36MW to feed into the South West Interconnected System and power about 50,000 homes.

Waste-to-energy is only one step from landfill in the State Government’s recently released waste strategy which has a bigger focus on material recovery as opposed to energy recovery.

“Energy recovery is preferable to landfill disposal but should only be applied to residual waste once better practice source separation approaches have been exhausted,” it says.

Avertas Energy chief executive Frank Smith was buoyant about the endeavour, however, and said it was a chance to bring new technology to Australia.

“It is now our objective that this project contributes to the switch away from landfill and a switch towards cleaner renewable energy sources,” he said.

“Our logo is a boomerang which makes sense being the first Australian waste-to-energy project, it also signifies the throwing of waste and return of renewable energy to our communities.”

Premier Mark McGowan said the project would offset methane creating landfill. Read more…

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