24/11/2021 - 14:29

Delorean secures $40m bioenergy contract

24/11/2021 - 14:29

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Delorean Corporation has been selected to lead the construction of one of Victoria’s largest food-waste-to-energy plants as part of a contract worth at least $40 million.

Delorean secures $40m bioenergy contract
Mr Oliver said the contract affirmed its position in the bioenergy infrastructure sector. Photo: David Henry

Perth-based bioenergy company Delorean Corporation has been selected to lead the construction of one of Victoria’s largest food-waste-to-energy plants as part of a government contract worth at least $40 million.

Delorean's engineering arm has been tasked with designing and building the new facility for government water corporation Yarra Valley Water.

Yarra Valley Water’s Lilydale project will process 150 cubic metres of organic waste daily to generate 1.2 megawatts of electricity and supply the adjacent Lilydale Sewage Treatment site with surplus energy.

The deal includes a two-year operation and maintenance contract for the anaerobic digestion facility, used to convert organic waste to green energy.

Initial build works on the project are expected to begin later next year, after the company gains planning, regulatory and ministerial approvals, with practical completion expected in December 2023.

Once finalised, the contract will be the first the company has secured with a government body and the fourth major construction project undertaken by its engineering division.

The Lilydale project is set to underpin the water corporation’s goal of producing 100 per cent of its own energy by 2025 and net zero emissions by 2030.

Yarra Valley Water, one of three Victorian government-owned water corporations, serves more than 2 million people and more than 58,000 businesses in Melbourne.

The facility is expected to divert about 50,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill annually and generate 10,000MW-hours of electricity.

Delorean managing director Joe Oliver said the appointment represented another major milestone in the company’s expansion and affirmed its position in the bioenergy infrastructure sector.

The West-Perth based renewable energy generator, which began trading on the ASX in April, specialises in the design, build, ownership and management of bioenergy infrastructure, as well as power generation and retail.

Delorean was responsible for constructing the Jandakot Bioenergy Plant, which has since diverted more than 100,000t of waste from landfill.

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