Waste-to-energy facility for Melbourne


A Melbourne-based company is developing a waste-to-energy (WtE) and integrated resource recovery processing plant in Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs.

Great Southern Waste Technologies (GSWT) has secured land in Cooper Street, Epping for the facility, which will pre-sort commercial, industrial, household and other wastes for recyclables before end-of-life wastes are environmentally well managed with gasification WtE technology to produce electricity.

It will be GSWT’s second WtE facility in Victoria after recently getting the green light for a facility in Dandenong South.

Lukas McVey, GSWT’s Chief Operating Officer, said the small, fully-enclosed WtE facility will be capable of processing up to 200,000 tonnes of waste per year and generate about 130,000 MWhrs renewable baseload power to the grid – enough to power more than 15000 households for a year.

“The strategic location of the site means we can realise our long-held ambition to add resource recovery to the toolkit and conduct additional sorting at our Epping facility and remove materials that can be recycled,” McVey said. “Combining the innovative technologies at both GSWT and this strategic location is a huge win for the environment.”

GSWT has the Australian rights to Norway’s ENERGOS Technologies processes which are specifically designed to be a small-scale cost-effective waste-to-energy treatment plant which has minimal impact on the environment.

“By using this technology at our Epping plant, we’re confident we can reduce greenhouse emissions by about 240,000 tonnes Greenhouse Gas-e per year while ensuring minimal waste goes to landfill,” McVey said.

“The small footprint and fully-enclosed nature of Great Southern’s facilities means local communities can deliver tangible benefits to the environment and generate energy while maintaining the current amenity of the local area.”

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