EMRC to supply Woodside pilot plant

05/05/2022 - 14:56

Red Hill has been selected as the site for Woodside Petroleum’s first plant turning carbon emissions into ethanol after a deal with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council.

EMRC to supply Woodside pilot plant
Woodside is hoping to cut its emissions.

Red Hill has been selected as the site for Woodside Petroleum’s first plant turning carbon emissions into ethanol after a deal with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council.

Perth-based Woodside said in March it would study a carbon capture and utilisation plant after signing deals with US companies ReCarbon and LanzaTech.

Today, Woodside announced it had signed a term sheet with EMRC including an option to lease land next to the landfill site at Red Hill, near Swan View.

EMRC, which is a body representing five local governments on waste management, would also supply methane gas from the landfill to the plant.

Woodside expects to make a final investment decision later this year with commissioning in the second half of 2024.

Chief executive Meg O'Neill said the company believed carbon capture and utilisation would be an emerging field.

“Woodside’s climate strategy has two key elements: reducing our net equity Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions, and investing in the products and services that our customers need as they too reduce their emissions,” Ms O'Neill said.

“CCU has the potential to contribute to both elements of our climate strategy.

“To have a pilot CCU facility right here in Western Australia, where Woodside has pioneered other technologies, is also very exciting,” she said.

EMRC chief executive Marcus Geisler told Business News the plant could be a reliable offtake for methane from landfill, which would avoid it being released into the atmosphere.

The regional council supplies the methane to a landfill gas to power plant at Red Hill, but power output is inconsistent depending on the market.

“It’s about maximising the value and creating more reliability in the offtake,” Mr Geisler said.

The revenue could help improve technology on the site used to stop methane emissions.

Hazelmere

Mr Geisler also confirmed EMRC hoped to complete the wood waste to energy plant under construction at Hazelmere.

In mid-March, Business News reported project developer Anergy had entered administration after work on site had stopped over summer.

Daniel Bredenkamp from Pitcher Partners was appointed to run the business at the time.

Mr Geisler said EMRC had appointed a consultant for feasibility work on completion of the plant.

“Our intent at this stage is to finish the project,” he said.

“We have an offtake agreement already with (Perth) Airport.

“We’ve got a feedstock, we’ve got a market, it's just the tech box in the middle.”

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