Proposed plasma gasification & waste incineration facility in Perth

Waste to energy specialist, Phoenix Energy Australia, is to work with Australian engineering contractor, John Holland - a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings Limited - to develop a AU$400 million ($389 million) waste to energy facility near Perth.

The project is set to combine both mass burn waste incineration technology and plasma arc waste gasification.

According to a report by Perthnow the facility will have a total output of some 80 MW.

Earlier reports have suggested that the plant will use Westinghouse Plasma technology to gasify around 100,000 tonnes of industrial waste, with the syngas being utilised to co-fire municipal solid waste and construction and industrial waste in a conventional mass burn incinerator.

The proposed plant would use Martin grate technology, for which Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHVYF) holds the license for the Asia Pacific region.

Phoenix Energy said that the facility, to be located in the Kwinana Industrial Area in Western Australia, will be used to recover energy from municipal waste.

According to Peter Dyson Phoenix Energy Australia’s managing director the project is now moving into the detailed engineering and formal approvals stage.

“Therefore the inclusion of a credible engineering, procurement and construction partner was a logical next step as early integration of the technology providers, designers and construction team will enable a smoother delivery of the project,” explained Dyson.

The company claimed that the proposed facility could reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by 90 per cent.

John Holland is also currently working in a joint venture to deliver the Hong Kong Sludge Treatment Facility, a 2000 wet tonnes per day waste treatment plant generating its own energy and to be completed in 2013.

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