Perth-based New Energy Corporation has signed a contract to manage waste in the Town of Port Hedland utilising its $200 million waste-to-energy plant, which is due to open in 2018.
Under the 20-year contract, New Energy will divert between 30,000 and 40,000 tonnes of residential and commercial waste per annum from landfill to its facility at Boodarie, south of Port Hedland.
When completed, the facility will incorporate a technically advanced, on-site, front-end materials recovery facility that will accept waste, inspect it, remove recyclables and recover energy from the remainder.
Renewable energy produced from the waste will be supplied back to the council via the North West Interconnected System.
‘‘Diverting waste from landfill to recover energy, and then returning renewable energy to the council and industry, is a utopic model of sustainability,” New Energy chief executive Jason Pugh said.
“We have stated repeatedly that a partnership with Town of Port Hedland was central to realising a Pilbara regional waste solution.
“Both parties had worked collaboratively on the agreement to reach a mutually beneficial outcome.’’
Mr Pugh said the project would deliver a world-class solution, in sustainable waste management practices in the region for generations to come.
It follows news last year that New Energy had finalised a deal with the City of Karratha to divert between 40,000t and 60,000t of waste from the city to the Boodarie facility.
New Energy chairman Enzo Gullotti said with the downturn in the mining industry causing a lot of negative sentiment in the region, the timing was perfect for the establishment of a non-mining, large-scale infrastructure project.
“It will result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, generate crucial non-mining infrastructure and local and indigenous employment opportunities,” he said.
“It is in line with the Pilbara Cities vision of making Pilbara towns more attractive and sustainable places to live.