Phoenix Energy has hired BGC Contracting as its engineering, procurement and construction contractor for its $400 million WA waste to energy project.
The 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.
Phoenix Energy has already signed 20-year waste supply agreements with both the Rivers Regional Council, representing six local government authorities, and the City of Kwinana. Under these agreements the LGAs will supply residential, post-recycling waste to the plant, which will be built to receive and process up to 400,000 tonnes of material year. This will significantly reduce reliance on landfill disposal of household waste and deliver a step change toward the WA Government’s diversion target.
Phoenix Energy MD Peter Dyson said that BGC Contracting had been selected for the EPC contract due to its expertise, strong track record of delivering projects and local presence.
“BGC Contracting has assembled a strong team to complete the Kwinana waste to energy project and they have demonstrated their willingness to work with our international technology providers to successfully complete this landmark development,” he said.
Phoenix Energy intends to commence work at its Leath Road site within the next few months.
Detailed engineering design for the waste to energy plant, which will have the capacity to produce 32 megawatts of electricity annually, is nearing completion. The proven technology is supplied by leading international companies Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environment and Chemical Co and Martin GmbH.
An estimated 800 jobs will be created during the project’s three-year construction phase, with a range of subcontracting and supply opportunities available to local and national businesses. There will be approximately 60 operational jobs at the plant once it is complete.