Spanish firm Acciona has been selected to build Australia’s first large-scale thermal waste to energy plant in a contract worth US$497m.
Located in Kwinana Industrial Area, 40km south of Perth, the plant will process up to 400,000 tonnes of waste each year and export 36MW of electricity to the grid.
Bede Noonan, Acciona Geotech’s managing director, said: "This is a landmark project for western Australia and our country as a whole. Waste to Energy is an underexploited technology in Australia, and it’s great to see Phoenix Energy, with the support of Macquarie Capital, developing the first large-scale plant here.
"We will bring the best of our local and global knowledge to the construction, and are working with some great partners who also have highly specialised skills."
A joint venture between Australian firms Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy will act as project developer.
Work on the project will start this month, and is due to be completed in October 2021.
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