Phoenix Energy Australia Projects
Kwinana Waste to Energy Project
Phoenix Energy Australia has nominated local company BGC Contracting as the preferred Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for its $400 million Kwinana Waste to Energy project.
The Kwinana Waste to Energy project will be the first of its kind in Australia, integrating the disposal of waste with the generation of energy to provide a practical solution to two community challenges: waste disposal and renewable energy supply.
Detailed engineering design for the waste to energy plant, which will have the capacity to produce 32 MW of electricity per annum, is nearing completion. The Facility will use tried and proven moving grate combustion technology. For further details, please click here.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its Report and Recommendations on the Kwinana Waste to Energy Project. The report includes a draft Statement that a Proposal may be Implemented and recommends that the Minister for Environment approve the implementation of the Proposal, subject to the recommended environmental conditions. The EPA Report and Recommendations (EPA Report 1538) and the Ministerial implementation decision Statement No. 1016 can be accessed here.
Phoenix Energy, the project developer, also encourages you to review the numerous recent reports available on modern Waste to Energy (also known as Energy from Waste) facilities using best practice technologies and processes, and inform yourself about Waste to Energy (Recovery) as a viable, clean and sustainable alternative to landfill disposal, which complements the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycling) and is integral to any modern integrated waste management system.
Background on the Kwinana Waste to Energy Project
The Kwinana Waste to Energy Project is set to change the face of waste management and renewable energy generation in Western Australia, by replacing the current heavy and growing reliance on unpleasant and outdated landfill disposal, to the clean, environmentally proven, sustainable and economically beneficial alternative of Waste to Energy (WtE). With over 1000 similar facilities serving communities around the world, more than 300 of which are operating in Europe and the UK alone, mostly within major urban population centres and under strict environmental standards, it is no surprise that the Environment Protection Authority and the Waste Authority of West Australia have jointly concluded that: “It has been demonstrated internationally that modern waste to energy plants can operate within strict emissions standards with acceptable environmental and health impacts to the community when a plant is well designed and operated using best practice technologies and processes.” (Section 16(e), EPA Report 1468, April 2013).
Located in the heart of the Kwinana Industrial Area, the Kwinana WtE Facility will be designed to process up to 400,000 t/yr of residual (post recycling) Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), using best practice technologies and processes, exporting an estimated 32MW of base load electricity to the grid. That’s enough electricity to provide power to approximately 46,000 households. Once operational, the facility will be eligible for accreditation as a Large Scale Renewable Electricity Generator in accordance with the Federal Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000.
The key objectives of the project include:
- Zero waste to landfill – the proposal includes an on-site brick plant as well as the option to reuse ash (typically around 10% by volume of the feedstock) as a construction aggregate, as is common place in Europe, the UK and Japan
- Maximising clean electricity generation from the feedstock – Lifecycle greenhouse gas assessments for WtE facilities typically indicate that such facilities actually offer the potential for a net reduction in overall carbon emissions once avoided landfill gas emissions and other offsets (related to replacement of base load fossil fuel fired electricity generation, recovery of recyclable metals and the production of alternative construction materials) are taken into consideration
- To provide a national benchmark for sustainable waste management
- To provide a long-term, reliable waste management and renewable energy generation service to the community, which is complementary to other waste management practices such as recycling and compositing
- To engage with the community and local government to raise awareness and drive improvements in source separation behaviour by households
- To provide regional benefits and synergies – the Kwinana WtE project offers the potential for direct use of recovered energy as steam, electricity and recovered solid by-products by manufacturing companies in the Kwinana Industrial Area (leading to enhanced regional energy and job security), with hundreds of construction jobs to be created and up to 50 full time jobs once operational.
In accordance with the EPA’s section 16e advice (EPA Report 1468, April 2013); NO waste loads classified as either hazardous or controlled waste will be accepted for energy and resource recovery.
Public Environmental Review: Overview
A Public Environmental Review was prepared for the proposal, to provide a description of the proposal and a comprehensive review and assessment of potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating the facility. It examined the likely environmental effects and the proposed environmental management procedures associated with the proposed development.
There was a six week public comment period for the proposal from Monday 9 June 2014 to 21 July 2014. During this time, any member of the public could make a submission to the EPA regarding the proposed facility.
Phoenix Energy has prepared a Response to Submissions received during the PER public consultation period. This response document can be found along with the EPA Report and Recommendations (EPA Report 1538) on the proposal, by clicking here.
Printing and downloading the PER
To download or print a copy of the PER main document (pdf version) or the Part B Appendices, click the links below or right click the link and choose “Open in new tab” or “Open in new window” (if a pop-up blocker prevents you from opening the webpage), or choose ‘Save target as…’ to download and save a copy.
*Please note: due to file size these documents may take some time to download
Community consultation during the PER review period
A drop-in Community Information Day was held on Tuesday 1 July 2014 (between 10 AM – 4 PM) at the Darius Wells Centre, David Nelson Art and Design room, Corner Chisham Avenue and Robbos Way, Kwinana, followed by an open day at the Leath Road project site, on Wednesday 2 July 2014 (between 10 AM – 6 PM).
Residents were invited to drop in to meet the project development team who were available to answer questions about the proposal, the PER, expected impacts on waste management and renewable energy generation throughout the region, and potential synergies associated with integration of the facility into the Kwinana Industrial Area.
Kwinana Waste to Energy Project Community Advisory Group
Phoenix Energy is currently establishing a Community Advisory Group for the project. To register your interest in participating in this initiative, please click on Contact us. To see where the project is making headlines, check out the Latest News in our Media Room.