The Kwinana Waste to Energy facility is an important and significant renewable energy project for Western Australia and Australia. It is expected to be the first Waste to Energy facility constructed in the nation.
When complete the facility will divert up to half (50%) of the residential (post-recycling) rubbish collection in the Perth metro area from landfill sites. By combusting this waste stream, the facility will generate enough electricity to power up to 65,000 households, divert hundreds of thousands of tonnes of kerbside rubbish from being buried in landfill, as well as reducing the associated greenhouse gases associated with landfill operations and enabling far better use of valuable land.
Project proponent, Phoenix Energy, has signed 20-year waste supply agreements with both the Rivers Regional Council, representing seven Local Government Authorities (LGAs), including the City of Canning, and separately with the City of Kwinana. Under these agreements all eight LGAs will supply residential (post-recycling) waste to the plant, which is designed to receive and process up to 400,000 tonnes of residual waste per annum.
As well as significantly reducing their reliance on landfill disposal, these agreements will also assist the LGA’s to deliver a step change toward the State Government’s diversion target. The Kwinana Waste to Energy facility has now been appointed as a Preferred Supplier of baseload renewable energy to Local Governments by the WA Local Government Association (WALGA).
Unlike solar and wind generation, waste to energy plants are a unique source of continuous renewable energy, reflecting the fact that every week households are producing material for both recycling and combustion. On average a wheelie bin placed on a verge for collection contains enough waste to produce up to 14% of a household’s weekly power needs.
The Kwinana Waste to Energy Project has now received development approval and all final environmental approvals required from Western Australian Government agencies in order to construct the plant on Leath Road within the Kwinana Industrial Zone. The facility is a Level 2 state project and has received positive support from successive Western Australian Governments.
Construction of the $400 million, 32MW plant is expected to create at least 800 jobs during the project’s three-year construction phase, with a range of subcontracting and supply opportunities available to local businesses. There will be approximately 60 operational and management jobs at the plant once the facility is completed after 2020.